Juggling four to five hours of training per day around a full-time teaching degree - now Hannah Minogue will single-handedly take on Queensland in this season's national ironwoman series.
"I can't complain really," Minogue shrugs.
But if anyone had any reason to complain, it probably is her.
She trains religiously throughout the chilly NSW winter while the majority of her competitors bask in the winter sun of ironman central in south-east Queensland.
She then has to endure the nerve-racking trials where last-chance tickets are handed out for the nationally televised series.
And then, like in Minogue's case, if you come up agonisingly short of a top-four finish in the trials, there is the wait to find out if a wildcard is going to be forthcoming.
Thankfully this year it was and the Wollongong-based athlete will compete in her first national series this summer.
"There's so much pressure put on the trials and it's all on one weekend," Minogue said after the recent trials on Sal Beach in northern NSW. "It's a tough weekend of racing and to come out with a result of fifth ... I was really happy with that.
"I was waiting around all week and when I got told I had got [the wildcard] I was really, really happy. It's all going to be new to me and the racing's going to be a
lot harder. I'm just excited to see how I go against the best guys and girls."
If Minogue was hoping to create a State Of Origin feel to the series, she won't have a lot of support. In fact, she'll be the only ironwoman permanently based south of the Tweed in the opening round at Margaret River.
Brother Josh has established himself in the men's series after a breakout 2012-13 season, while other Illawarra products Ali Day and Wes Berg are also based in Queensland now.
"To be able to join them and get Wollongong on the map is [fantastic] and there's some great talent down here," Minogue said.
"I'll speak to [Josh] again and he'll help me through the series. There's no real expectations. I'm just going to go in there to give it a go.
"Training is pretty full on at the moment because I'm on prac at school. I'm at school every day and then I just fit training in around that which is challenging.
"I don't really like training at the best of times. To get through it, I just take each day [as it comes] and the series starts in eight weeks so [the goal is] to get as fit as I can in that period."
Former Warilla-Barrack Point ironman Hayden White will be another local product to feature in the series after also earning a wildcard for the summer. He joins previous champion Caine Eckstein and Cameron Cole in the 16-man field.