Wade Bootes repeatedly talks about optimising - it's his key word heading into the Olympics.
Which is interesting, because Australian BMX over the last five years often has been anything but optimal.
Bootes is in charge of the five-rider Australian BMX team at the Tokyo Games and their campaign starts on Thursday with the opening heats of the racing event.
Their best medal hope is Logan Martin, who won his second world title last month in BMX freestyle ahead of its Olympic debut.
BMX racing is on Thursday and Friday, with the freestyle over the next days.
The BMX team know better than anyone that medal favouritism means nothing.
Amid the wreckage of Australian cycling's disastrous Rio campaign, the worst day was the BMX finals.
First Caroline Buchanan crashed out in a semi-final and then Sam Willoughby and Anthony Dean, the two top qualifiers, failed to medal in their final.
"That's why we keep coming back to the mindset, just optimising the moment," Bootes said of the lessons learned from Rio.
"It's not going to be perfect. Deal with it, manage it, what's your coping strategies? Let's just get through it.
"What are we thinking, feeling and doing? They will be the things I keep repeating."
That horrible day in Rio was only a portent of what was to come.
A few weeks later, Willoughby was left paralysed below the waist when he crashed in training.
On New Year's Eve in 2017, Buchanan was in an off-road vehicle when it rolled over.
She suffered a broken sternum as well as two collapsed lungs and needed several operations.
Buchanan recovered, but ran out of time to qualify for Tokyo in either BMX racing or freestyle.
In February last year, BMX racer Kai Sakakibara nearly died when he crashed heavily in a race and suffered traumatic head injuries.
While his recovery continues, he has managed to ride a bike again and he will be in Tokyo as his sister, Saya, competes in BMX racing at the Games.
Then last month, Brandon Loupos was competing with Martin at the freestyle worlds when he wrenched his knee and snapped the ACL.
So Bootes travelled back to Australia with one of his athletes on cloud nine and the other in a wheelchair, devastated.
If Loupos was competing in Tokyo, Australia would be confident of two men's BMX freestyle medals.
"It's a shit situation - how do I optimise my life as a Sam Willoughby, a Caroline and a Kai?," Bootes said
"They are three major, major ones.
"The mental health is most critical with Brandon, that's been the toughest part for us lately."
Bootes said the character of each athlete had shone through their adversity.
Willoughby is coaching several BMX Olympians in Tokyo, including Australian entries Dean and Lauren Reynolds and his American wife Alise, the Rio silver medallist.
Buchanan is continuing his multi-faceted cycling career and Sakakibara has amazed doctors with his recovery.
"We got the phone call that he may not make it through the night," Bootes said of Sakakibara.
"Now he's doing a lap around the track again.
"You don't find many of those types of people.
"Whatever they do, they'll be good at, because it's their character that makes them good."
Australian Associated Press