Lauren Wells won't be suckered into a worldwide pursuit of fast times, backing her training program to have her in peak condition by July as she sets her sights on the world championships.
Wells missed out on a world championship qualifier when she won the 400 metre hurdles at the Sydney Track Classic on Saturday night in a time of 56.34 seconds.
It was 0.14 seconds outside the required world championship time in a race that the 26-year-old easily won.
But instead of being tempted to chase fast times at international meets, Wells has narrowed her focus to racing in Melbourne and Brisbane over the next two weeks before ramping up preparations in July.
Wells clocked a run of 56.21 seconds at the Canberra Track Classic in January and could still be picked to be a part of the Australian team even if she doesn't secure the qualifying time.
"There are still a couple of chances in Australia and then there's overseas if need be after that," Wells said.
"I'm not really feeling the pressure. Of course you'd like to tick it off as soon as you can ... but we've focused our energy on the world championships in August.
"In the back of our mind is that we'll be in peak form in the middle of the year. I'm in a fortunate position that my personal best is quicker than the qualifier, so we've aimed at just peaking once.
"I still want to run well in Australia, but I'm not in my personal best form. That's what we're aiming for overseas. I guess it is a bit frustrating, but I've been really consistent."
Wells cruised to victory in Sydney, beating United States runner Cassandra Tate by more than one second and almost three seconds ahead of the third place-getter.
Training partner Melissa Breen continued her solid build-up with a win in the 100 metres event as well as finishing second in the 200 metre event, with Sally Pearson in third.
Wells has been "experimenting" with her stride pattern over the Australian season to find the perfect mix for the world championships and for her Olympic Games goal.
Wells will be out to win her eighth national title at the Australian championships in Brisbane at the end of March.
"I know the times will come, we've been experimenting with stride patterns to use the competition to test it out," Wells said.
"It's working out what's the most efficient process. If I execute my race plan, the times will come. I know if I stick with my pan then the times should easily come.
"We're trying to iron a few things out, [Saturday night] was my first race in three weeks so I would expect times to improve and I'm feeling a lot more confident."