Sheepishly, wary of tempting fate, it was with almost a whisper that Katarina Johnson-Thompson admitted this is the best she has ever felt going into a new season.
As has become customary over the years, a British Championship gold medal hung around her neck after she beat the long-jump specialists at their own event yesterday with a best of 6.46 metres. That followed the 60m hurdles silver she earned on Saturday when running her fastest time in four years.
Off the back of the best year of her life, during which she won world indoor and Commonwealth titles, as well as European silver, the confidence is there that she is ready to win a first global multi-events medal at the World Championships this year.
“It is,” she replied, when asked if this was the best she had felt ahead of a season. “And I don’t want to say all this stuff because it builds it up, and I have done that in the past. But I am very happy with how I am and I am coming in confident, so hopefully I can get it right on the day.”
The first chance to do so is at next month’s Glasgow European Indoor Championships, where she is looking to reclaim the pentathlon title she won in 2015 when becoming only the second woman in history to break 5,000 points.