A revitalised Kelly Sotherton is adamant she will come out firing on all cylinders when the world championships heptathlon starts on Saturday.
Birchfield Harriers' Olympic bronze medallist believes she is in even better condition than she was last summer, when she exceeded everyone's expectations to win Britain's first medal in Athens.
Now, rested and recuperated after recovering from a period of over-training, she is gunning to win a third major championship medal in Helsinki's Olympic stadium.
"I feel I'm probably in the best shape I could be in for a major championships," said the multi-eventer from the Great Britain team's holding camp here.
"Obviously I think I can do quite well - but I'm not going to make any predictions on how I'm going to do."
Sotherton has improved significantly since the Olympics, finishing runner-up at the European indoor championships pentathlon in March with a British record score.
In May the Isle of Wightborn star brilliantly raised her personal best heptathlon score when finishing behind Olympic champion Carolina Kluft.
She again faces the brilliant Swede - who is defending the title won as a 20-yearold two years ago - and Eunice Barber, who took the silver medal on home soil in Paris.
But Sotherton warned: "I still don't really know how I'm going to come out because I haven't really had the best month competing.
"I haven't been very well for the last couple of weeks, but now I'm fresh and that's encouraging."
Sotherton, who lost coach Charles van Commenee when the Dutchman returned home to take up an appointment with the Netherlands Olympic Committee, receives advice from several specialists.
She said: "I have suffered a little bit this year because I thought I wasn't fit enough. Having a new coaching setup, I've probably trained a little too hard.
"That's why I haven't really performed well in June and July," she said after a disappointing three-event outing at the London Grand Prix.
She added: "I've trained a little bit too hard. So the last ten days or so since Crystal Palace I've rested and done just what I have had to do.
"I was run down, under the weather and I had a cold sore.
"Obviously, being my first year by myself without a coach, I've learned the hard way.
"But I'm now on the up." Sotherton added: " Sometimes I train too hard, but I think that's a good situation.
"But then you need someone to say you need to stop now - nobody told me to stop at the right time."
Now relishing the training facilities here, she said: "I've had my best week of training for the last six or seven months - it's gone really well."
The former bank administrator believes her career can only get better after proving herself as a global star at the Olympics - despite the illness setback.
She said: "I've learned a lot from last year and I've already done quite a decent personal best this year in the heptathlon.
"I've learned how to be a full-time athlete and now I know I'm a world-class athlete. It is my full-time job."
Sotherton says that , maintaining her status has come at a personal cost, even though she would never consider changing her new-found sporting status.
She said: "When I'm not training all I do is sleep and eat.
"I don't have a chance for anything else. I'm too tired.
"You can't have a big social life like many other athletes because it's twice a day, too much hard work.
"I don't have time to see my friends or go home and nutritional-wise, you can't eat what you like. You can't have a fun life for six or seven months.
"But when you come to this time of the year, even though it's hard work, you get to travel the world for free and meet other people.
"You come away and you know you're here for a reason so you can focus. I enjoy being away from home because you get away from everyday life."
Looking ahead to the weekend, she added: "If it all goes well on the day, who knows?
"Hopefully I'll have seven brilliant events."