Emotionally draining, a distraction, a fun few days. Grand-final week can be all three for an AFL player.
Hawthorn's advantage, apart from being the home team at the MCG on Saturday against Fremantle, is they'll have a lot more grand-final experience in their lineup than their rivals from Western Australia.
Hawthorn midfielder Shaun Burgoyne will play his fourth grand final on Saturday and 17 of his teammates have also tasted the atmosphere of the big one.
Burgoyne, 30, joined the Hawks for the 2010 season. The onballer was a premiership player with Port Adelaide in 2004 and played in the 2007 loss to Geelong.
But even he's still learning about what's required on the big day.
"Last year (Hawthorn's grand-final loss to Sydney) probably taught myself that we've got to dig a bit deeper, pull something out mentally and physically, push yourself to where you haven't been pushed before," Burgoyne said on Monday.
"Going through the process that some of the younger guys went through last year, it definitely gives you an understanding of what happens throughout the week.
"It can be distracting if you allow it to be.
"It's a fun week as well.
"We came so close last year and hopefully going through that process will give them more confidence this year.
"We'll definitely be talking to some of the younger guys who may not have went through it last year.
"It (grand-final experience) is definitely a positive."
Hawthorn's side to be named on Thursday is likely to contain at least 18 players with grand-final experience.
Fremantle, who joined the AFL in 1995, are playing in their first decider.
Port Adelaide recruit Danyle Pearce and and ex-Saint Zac Dawson are the only two Dockers' with grand-final experience.
Hawthorn's most notable debutant on Saturday will be former Western Bulldogs' fullback Brian Lake, a 217-game veteran in his first season with the Hawks.
"I'm going to enjoy the week," Lake said.
"The kids at home, they're pretty excited for the parade (on Friday) and the the family day on Thursday for our last training session.