Westhill athlete Lewis Murchie believes he is almost fully recovered from the injury which kept him out of action for the early part of the year.
The 19-year-old suffered a broken collarbone after falling off his bike during winter training but he is now pushing hard for forthcoming events as his fitness levels improve following the long lay-off.
Lewis has spent the last month familiarising himself with his new race bike in time trials and general road trips.
The key race over the next month is on the June 16 at the Dambuster Open Water Standard, an English-based race at Rutland Water which also doubles up as the qualifier for the Triathlon World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand, which take place in October this year.
Lewis will need a good performance here to win a place in the GB Age Group squad.
He said: “Dambuster will contain a high quality field and it’s clearly going to be tough to qualify.
“I’ll need a similar, or probably better, performance than Strathclyde last September to have any chance, so being in peak shape, or as close as I can get to it, is vital.”
Lewis and his Coach, Ken Bryson of Total Endurance, factored in a “warm-up” race for Dambuster, which will be the Knockburn Open Water Sprint at Knockburn Loch this Sunday (June 10).
Although Lewis would normally have preferred to compete in the Standard distance that day, he and Ken felt it was too close to Dambuster in terms of preparation and recovery.
“It’s a pity in some ways that I can’t test myself against the likes of Scott Neyedli in the Knockburn Standard,” Lewis said. “But I have to take my coach’s advice and remain disciplined for the right reasons.
“It’s still a good race and, in the end, everyone wants to go as quick as they can, so it will probably be competitive.”
Lewis recently signed a three year sponsorship deal with Westhill based Oil Company Taqa Bratani, which he says is developing well as the year progresses.