John Longmire knows he has about 48 hours to mope around his house after Sydney's AFL season ended with their six-point elimination final loss to Carlton.
Then it's back on the horse for the man nicknamed 'Horse'.
Longmire was left lamenting a poor second term and bad goalkicking after the Swans recovered from a poor start to nearly overrun Carlton on Friday night at the MCG.
But wife Shelley will make sure Longmire isn't lamenting for long.
"The game forces you to get back to work - the game and my wife," Longmire said after the 11.8 (74) to 9.14 (68) loss.
"I sit at home and feel sorry for myself for a day or two and I soon get the message to get out there and get on with it.
"Everyone's laughing, everyone knows how that feels - get on with life."
While they had four more scoring shots, Sydney kicked a wasteful 9.14 against Carlton.
As Longmire puts it, they were also "smacked" in contested possessions during the second quarter, with the Blues leading by nearly five goals at the main break.
But after Geelong thrashed them in last year's grand final, Sydney recovered from a horror run of injuries and a poor start to the season, eventually making the top eight.
They have a solid group of younger players and look in good shape.
Longmire knows all about adversity, going through plenty of setbacks as a player before lining up in North Melbourne's 1999 premiership side.
He says finals heartbreak could serve the Swans well.
"I was there as a player, I learned some hard lessons in the early '90s, some real tough ones - some real heartache," he said.
"You can talk about it and try to share your experiences, but sometimes the lived experiences are the ones you learn the most out of."
Longmire said he would much rather Sydney lose the elimination final than not make the top eight.
"What I'd rather do is try to climb the mountain and fail, than never get to the base and not have a crack at it," he said.
"If we fail - I shouldn't call it 'fail' - if it doesn't work, or we try to get over the top and we don't end up succeeding, we get up next week and try again.
"I'd rather do that than not have a crack at all."
He said Sydney are making solid progress as they adjust to life without star forward Lance Franklin, who retired near the end of the season.
"We're going OK. You never replace a Lance Franklin, everyone knows that," he said.
"We need another pre-season where we'll have a go at the young key forwards we have. It takes a bit of time."
He also noted about half Sydney's team against Carlton were aged 24 or under.
"We're still a young team. We haven't got everything right yet," he said.
"It's still a building group. They're learning - tough lessons, at least they're learning them in finals."
Following Franklin's retirement, Swans ruckman Tom Hickey also played his last game on Friday night.