Despite so far failing to produce an A-qualifying clearance of 4.60m, the Coast product has jumped the B-qualifying height of 4.50m three times this season and on Saturday night won her third national championship.
While disappointed with her winning height of 4.30m at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre, the 28-year-old feels a big clearance is tantalisingly close.
Boyd said her training had been hindered by another wet summer in south-east Queensland, but she would tackle the upcoming European season with an improved mindset.
“It was the first time this season that I felt really comfortable on the runway, which is a really good thing,” she said.
“All season I’ve been a bit off rhythm on the runway – I’ve been pushing too hard.”
After spending three years in Perth under the tutelage of Russian coach Alex Parnov, who guided Steve Hooker to Olympic gold, Boyd has returned to Brisbane to live and trains up to three days a week with her double-Olympian pole vaulter father Ray at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Under Parnov, she improved her personal best to 4.76m, the Australian record she set in February last year.
But by the time the London Olympics came around, Boyd felt she should have been in better shape.
She scrapped through to final in London but performed poorly in the final in horrendous conditions.
Boyd believes she will have to jump upwards of 4.80m to be a medal chance in Moscow in August.
She said returning to Queensland had been the right move.
“I just felt there’s a few things that I can do better,” she said.
“I feel Dad and I are on the same page. I feel my interests are best served being back training with my dad.”
Boyd, a Delhi Commonwealth Games gold medallist, plans to compete in a Diamond League meet in Shanghai next month, before returning to Australia for a short period, and then heading to Europe to compete.
She considers reigning Olympic champion, Jennifer Suhr, the one to beat in Moscow after the American jumped 5.01m earlier this year to set a new world indoor mark.