Rovers playmaker Peter Whittingham says running, running and more running is part and parcel of the game as he embarks on his 15th pre-season as a professional.
The 33-year-old was part of the squad which spent a week in the Austrian town of Oberwart prior to arriving back at Brockhall Village for Monday's training session.
And reflecting on the trip to Eastern Europe and a return to the Senior Training Centre, the former Cardiff man admits it's been an arduous and demanding time for all the squad.
“It’s been tiring, it’s been hard, and Rushy [Chris Rush, Head of Athletic Performance] has been testing us right away," the number 11 revealed.
"We had our fitness tests on day one and plenty of running and it has to be done. It's all part of the game.
“When the balls are out the boys enjoy things more, but it’s about getting the right balance. We are just waiting for the games to start now and get that match fitness under our belt.
Rovers kick-off their pre-season campaign with a trip to Edinburgh on Saturday to take on SPFL side Hibernian for our first friendly of the summer.
Trips to Port Vale, Lincoln City, Accrington Stanley are also on the agenda this month, along with an Ewood Park double-header against Merseyside pair Liverpool and Everton.
And Whittingham adds that getting that match fitness is vital ahead of the season opener against Ipswich Town in less than a month.
“It’s about getting off to a good start and getting the confidence of knowing that you deserve to be in the league," he says when discussing a positive start to the regular campaign.
"But first and foremost it’s about getting through pre-season now, playing those games and getting ready for the game at Ipswich next month.
“We’re all looking for game time. There is still plenty of work to do and we’re all going to put the hard yards in."