As Australia burns and the smoke rolls into Canberra, Chloe Hosking feels helpless. And thankful to our firefighters.
While that smoke has been a big issue for the Canberra cyclist's training - forcing her to head to Jindabyne the other week for some clean air - she feels that's unimportant in the grand scheme of things.
Hosking's summer of cycling begins at the three-day Bay Crits in Geelong on Friday.
"I've raced those [Bay Crits] since I was 16 so I love going back," she said.
"I really enjoy racing around Geelong. It's a nice way to kick the year off - get some speed in the legs, remember how to sprint again and most of the time realise I haven't done enough work and there's still a lot to be done.
"I do all the Aussie stuff so it's not really that different to the past years and lucky that my new team is coming out ... I'll meet up with them in Adelaide for the Tour Down Under."
While she's competing in all the major events - including the TDU, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and national championships in Ballarat - Hosking's main goals lie later in the year.
The Olympic Games for one. And the European spring as another - to get her to Tokyo.
She's made being part of the Australian team for Japan as her main target.
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That doesn't mean she won't be trying to win though, having won a stage of the TDU last summer.
She also won a stage and the green jersey at the Herald Sun Tour.
The year before she won a TDU stage and the Herald Sun green jersey, as well as Cadel's road race - on the way to a Commonwealth Games gold medal.
"I haven't specifically targeted any of the races this year like I did when I won Cadel, but having said that I still love to perform in Australia and I would probably be disappointed if I didn't win at least one race over the summer," Hosking said.
"But then on the other hand I'm not specifically targeting any of them.
"I'm hoping my preparation in the off-season and the pre-season will have me in good general form to be in the mix.
"It's a real balancing act, especially now with the season being so long.
"When you're racing from January through to October 22 something's got to give and I've found I can't be at top shape in January and then maintain it for the year."
As well as trying to avoid the Canberra smoke, Hosking has also been to Minneapolis for the season launch of her new team, Rally UHC.
She did some training in the snow, caught an NFL game and got to know her teammates.
Hosking's also teamed up with ex-Brumby Scott Fava as an ambassador for Infinite Cycle Mitchell and felt indoor cycling was a perfect way to keep out of the smoke.
So was driving to the Snowy Mountains.
"[The smoke's] been a big issue. I made the decision to go up to Jindabyne training [recently] just because the AIS has air quality protocols and anything over 200 they advise as hazardous and don't exercise," Hosking said.
"Seeing Canberra covered in a cloud of smoke while I'm riding around the lake makes me sad and I'm worried for my country.
"I feel pretty hopeless. You can't really do anything. For me to complain it's affecting my training is totally unimportant and I'm very thankful for the firefighters doing what they're doing."