What's the point of indoor athletics?
Track and field for 2009 is up and running. This weekend sees the richest biggest and best one-off indoor meeting in the world - the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham at the NIA.
But all this week I have had to defend indoor athletics, as some viewers and athletes were not happy having seen last weekend's European Trials in Sheffield. "Flat" and "no atmosphere" were some of the comments.
So what really is the point to indoor athletics?
The reasons for any athlete competing during the indoor season can vary massively.
Many use it to break up the long winter training, to acquire vital competition experience (especially for juniors), to improve confidence, to test their levels of fitness, and also, for the top athletes, to earn some money.
In Birmingham, the track and runways are fast, the prize money is good and the competition is hot.
I competed twice in this Grand Prix event setting two British records and now work as the in-field presenter at the event. Every year I get excited about heading to the NIA because of the quality of the event.
The main aim for athletes this season is the World Championships in Berlin in August. Will those competing indoors be picking up the medals in the summer? Speaking as a former athlete, that is the plan! But of course we know it doesn't always work like that.
I saw indoors as fun and never altered my training sessions for it, like Christine Ohuruogo is doing this year. A former training partner of mine, former world indoor champion Jamie Baulch, saw it as his time to shine and he was arguably a more successful athlete indoors.
The question is always asked. Can you be successful at both indoors and outdoors in the same year?
Look at the likes of triple jumper Phillips Idowu last season, going from World Indoor champion to Olympic silver medallist, and Yelena Isinbayeva, who heads to Birmingham this weekend having just broken her 26th world record (indoors and out). It can be done.
The reason why this isn't attempted by all athletes is that many are scared of damaging the outdoor season - which is often the main goal.
I also feel that some coaches don't have the inclination or the knowledge of how to get their athletes to peak for both indoor and outdoor championships.
So this weekend Birmingham welcomes the world's best talent. The indoor circuit is always more relaxed and the athletes have one eye on their performances, but they know in the back of their mind it is the summer that counts.
Athletes can take the pressure off themselves and also fall back on the line "it's the summer that counts" if they underperform.
Kath will be appearing on BBC Radio 5 Live's London Calling programme on Thursday 19 February from 2100 GMT