IRONMAN David Dellow's preparation for this year's world championship is set for a marked escalation with him touching down in Switzerland today for a gruelling training bloc.
The Kawana Island athlete has shaken off a nagging hip injury after close to three weeks with no running.
Dellow will be joined in Switzerland by up to 15 of his TeanTBB teammates - including his partner, Switzerland's two-time ITU long-distance world champion, Caroline Steffen.
Coast-based Steffen finished second at the 2012 world championship in Kona, Hawaii, while Dellow placed ninth on debut.
The duo will spend the European summer at the Swiss ski resort town of Leysin before relocating to Mexico about a month out from October's world championship.
The Mexican training camp will be used to better acclimatise the athletes in preparation for the stifling heat that is expected in Hawaii, where they will tackle a 3.8km swim, 180km bike leg and 42km run.
Dellow is yet to qualify for the worlds, but expects to do that at the European Championship in Frankfurt, Germany, on July 7.
The 34-year-old was going to attempt to qualify through this weekend's Ironman Cairns, which he won last year, but lacked sufficient fitness due to the hip injury.
He needs a top-10 finish in Frankfurt to qualify for Kona.
"That will be pretty comfortable to do that," he said.
"I'll go through the motions and slowly build up and be peaking in Hawaii.
"It's (the world title) been won three years in a row by an Australian. I'll try and keep that run going."
Noosa-based Pete Jacobs is the reigning world champion.
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