Lauren Parker is not one to be down for long. After the "deflating" news that the Tokyo Paralympics had been postponed for 12 months, Newcastle's inspirational paratriathlete was quick to up the ante by considering using the extra preparation time to try to also qualify for two cycling events next year.
The 31-year-old is the paratriathlon wheelchair world champion and had all but secured passage to the Tokyo Games with an unbeaten run of racing.
Everything since defying the odds to capture a bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, less than 12 months after being paralysed from the waist down in a freak cycling accident, has been geared towards becoming the Paralympic champion in Tokyo.
So, when news came through last week that the Tokyo Games had been rescheduled for August and September next year due to the coronavirus pandemic, it hit Parker hard.
"I was a bit unmotivated for a few days but I'm getting that back now and I'm training and I'm feeling OK," Parker told the Newcastle Herald.
"It's a bummer that the Paralympics were postponed because I was so prepared and I was racing really well. But it's a decision that had to happen and I've got another year to prepare, so hopefully I'm better and stronger next year.
"The rest of the Australian team have chosen to go on a few weeks' break, but I can't do that. I can't be staying at home and doing nothing, so I chose to keep training. I don't want to lose my fitness."
Parker opened the year with convincing wins in the Oceania championships in Newcastle in January then a World Cup event in Devonport, Tasmania in February.
She was in Florida in the United States last month for another race when the country began heading for lockdown due to coronavirus.
"The race got cancelled and we didn't know what we were doing day to day because then the pools got closed then pretty much the whole place was in lockdown," she said.
"We were trying to get flights home and that was a struggle. But we ended up coming home five days earlier on one of last flights that was coming in to Sydney, so we were lucky."
Parker self-isolated at her mother's home in Fletcher for 14 days, which ended Friday, and is now looking forward to a new chapter in her life after buying her first property in Chisholm in February and getting the keys on Sunday.
In terms of training, it is business as usual, aside from swimming because all pools are closed.
"I'm doing swimming specific exercises in my home gym," Parker said.
"I do my hand-cycling on a fixed trainer indoors and my racing chair is on a fixed trainer as well, so I do my run and my ride sessions indoors. That's all stayed the same. I'm lucky that I've got a home gym and I can keep my strength up and I'm lucky that I've got the equipment to train indoors.
"I'm able to go out on the road now but even before this happened I always did a lot of indoor sessions anyway, so I'm kind of used it and it hasn't changed too much. I'll probably just stay doing it inside at the moment."
All racing is off for the foreseeable future but Parker was planning to do the ironman world championships in Kona, Hawaii in October.
"It hasn't been cancelled yet, so that's what I'm focusing on for the moment," she said.
Parker said she would contact Cycling Australia about the possibility of trying to qualify for the handcycling road race and time trial for the Tokyo Games for some added motivation.
The Paralympic cycling events are scheduled for a few days after the paratriathlon.