THE past 24 hours for Mollymook's Kalindi Commerford personified how hectic her 2020 season has been.
From the South Coast bushfires, to the floods and now the coronavirus epidemic, the Hockeyroos star admits she hasn't had any time to settle during the whirlwind start to the year.
"The past few weeks have been some of our heaviest sessions yet, as we were trying to make up for not being able to compete in the Pro League in Europe - where we were supposed to be at the moment," Commerford said.
"The only information we had at that time, in regards to the Games, was that they were going ahead, so we had to keep working hard.
"In a way, we knew we were getting an edge on other countries, as no one else could train.
"There were obviously some measures being taken by us to stop the spread of germs, such as not sharing bibs and drink bottles, but it's a contact sport at the end of the day.
"It didn't sit well with some players in the group that we were still training as normal when this global pandemic was going on around us - we didn't entirely feel safe, as all other major sports codes had suspended their seasons."
This all peaked on Monday morning for Commerford, who went in early to the gym before they closed at 12pm.
"I left home early and got to the gym by 7am, to do our program, as I knew it wouldn't be possible in a couple of hours," she said.
"It was at this time, my teammate Gab [Nance] called me and informed there was a meeting going on with the IOC [International Olympic Committee].
"Before I could even finish my session, the whole squad (including Gerringong's Grace Stewart) was in the gym - this is when the coaches informed us the hockey program would be shut down indefinitely (following the AOC decision).
"They told us the Olympic Games were most likely going to be postponed and that all training would be de-centralised now - it was a weird moment as I didn't know when we would all be back together again.
"In the same breath, I was also relieved the Games were only being postponed and not cancelled, which I feared might be the case - in the back of our minds, we knew they couldn't possibly go ahead as normal."
Following this announcement, all the players and staff frantically started to organise their way out of Western Australia.
"A lot of the girls, myself included, had already discussed the possibility of going home with the coaches," Commerford, who recently brought up her 50 Australian cap, said.
"Now the decision had been made for us and all the coaches respected everyone's decision on where they wanted to base themselves in the near future."
Commerford and Nance then attempted to book a flight out of Perth, before the borders shut.
"Gab and I originally had a flight booked for 7.20am Tuesday but while I was packing, I got a message from QANTAS saying my trip had been cancelled," she said.
"As there were so many people trying to get out, flights were hard to secure.
"With the help of our team manager, we secured one at 1.50pm - giving us one hour to pack our whole lives into one bag for a couple of months.
"That flight thankfully went ahead and we landed in Sydney at 9pm Monday night - I just hope all my teammates are as lucky as me and can get home to their families."
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After waking up on Tuesday, the 26-year-old had time to reflect on the craziness from the previous day.
"I woke up quite deflated as I am really enjoying my hockey at the moment - I'm probably the fittest and in the best form of my life right now," she said.
"I'm also saddened I won't get to see my teammates anytime soon, with a lot of them being my best friends.
"Especially as I don't know what the squad will look like later in the year - it all depends on which of the older girls decide to hold on for potentially one more season."
Commerford will return to the South Coast on Tuesday, where she will base herself for the foreseeable future.
"It's going to be weird transitioning from a peaking phase, which we were in, as the Games were just three months away, to a tapering period," she said.
"I can't continue to train at this level for another 12 months, I'll burn myself out.
"But I'm going to use this as an opportunity to make myself the fittest player in the squad."
The former Ulladulla High School student will now hold her own skill and fitness sessions until group training is allowed to resume.
"Once we are allowed to start group sessions again, I'll probably have to base myself in either Canberra, Sydney or Northern NSW," she said.
"I'm hoping that's sooner rather than later but a lot of that will depend on serious society take on the recommendations by health professionals.
"I'm going to be doing my bit by self-isolating - if everyone did the same, this coronavirus outbreak could be over quicker.
"People need to stop being reckless - yes, it might not directly affect you but you can be a carrier of the virus, which can impact a lot of people around you.
"It really strips back who you are as a person - take me for example, in a matter of hours, I've gone from elite athlete to global citizen just trying to do my bit for society."
Although Commerford's life has been turned upside-down this year, she knows there is always a silver lining.
"Everything that's happened over the past three months has given me a lot of perspective," she said.
"You appreciate how good some things are when they are taken away from you.
"I'll now make the most of some family time at home - which will be the longest we've all been under the one roof in years (except her brother who is stuck in the Netherlands).
"After that, I'll refocus and start ramping up my preparations towards Olympic selection - which I always knew would be a checkpoint in my life."