Despite an injury-disrupted season Kelly Sotherton is confident she is coming into form at the right time and believes the enforced lay off that kept her out of competition since March could stand her in good stead for next month's European Championships.
Birmingham-based Sotherton goes to Gothenburg in three weeks' time with the seemingly impossible task of dethroning heptathlon queen Carolina Kluft in her own back yard.
The Swede is reigning world and Olympic champion and in recent years has been as near to unbeatable as is possible in athletics and Sotherton will be stepping taking her on in front of a home crowd having not done a complete heptathlon since winning gold at the Commonwealth Games in the spring.
But after winning the long jump at the Norwich Union AAA and setting a personal best in the shot putt Sotherton claims she is feeling fresh and that could work to her advantage at the Europeans.
"I am fit it is just a case of fine tuning technical stuff and putting it all together in competition," Sotherton said.
"I have not really had the opportunity to do that which I usually would have done by now. I've usually had six or seven meets, a heptathlon and by now feeling tired or jaded but this is like the start of the season for me.
"I am fresh and am starting to enjoy it. I'm starting to show it in training I just need to put it into competition."
The 13.97 metres she managed in the shot was her third personal best of the season, including two in Melbourne, and shows she is moving in the right direction.
And while Kluft will start as a strong favourite on reputation, on paper there is decreasingly little to separate to two rivals.
While she leads Sotherton in most of the seven disciplines in lifetime bests, this season they each hold supremacy in three events with one tied.
That gives the 29-year-old the conviction that it will be the form of 2004, when she won an Olympic bronze, rather than 2005, when she finished fifth at the World Champion-ships, that she finds in Gothenburg.
"I want to consolidate everything I did in Melbourne," Sotherton continued. "I am confident I can put it all together in Gothenburg.
"Heptathletes are a different breed. You only have to look at Jessica Ennis, she's great in the high jump but she didn't do as well on Saturday. The adrenalin of competition helps us.
"We are not so bothered if we don't do so well individually because we can turn it on when there's a medal at the end of it."
Sotherton settled for a single medal at the national championships in Manchester as she defended her long jump title and beat Jade Johnson in the process.
Although she professed herself satisfied with her performances in the 100m hurdles, high jump, long jump and shot, she was also frustrated at not having done better in the latter.
"I have been throwing a lot further than that in training so I'm disappointed I did throw that magical 14 metres," she said.
"I obviously always want more but winning the long jump and a PB in the shot is okay.
"I need to fine tune stuff over the next few weeks."
And the chances of her doing that are helped by the fact that for once, she's not tired ahead of a major championship.