Finally, it was time to pack my bags for the final trip of the season, the World Championships. We travelled out ten days before the team time trial was to take place. The reason for arriving in Doha so early was so we had longer to adapt to the heat before the race. We worked with a specialist sports hospital called, Aspetar who provided us with their knowledge and expertise to help us adapt to the heat as efficiently as we could. They would collect data throughout the time we were there to monitor our acclimatisation and also gave us advice to help accelerate the adaptations.
We trained most days weighing ourselves before and after to monitor our hydration. We would also swallow a thermometer every morning. This would record our core temperature throughout the day. During the individual time trial on the Tuesday my core temperature reached 40.9 degrees which is mad.
In the team time trial we came second which we were happy with. Yes, of course we would love to have won but when the whole team does everything they can to get the gold medal you can only be proud.
After the team time trial I moved to my third hotel of the trip and joined team Great Britain. I had two races left of the season, the individual time trial on the Tuesday and the road race on the Sunday. There wasn't tons of pressure on me to perform in the the time trial but I of course wanted to. I was sixth off so got my ride done early and also got some time on the hot seat which was a nice surprise. It was my first time trial at a major championships so I was happy with 14th.
My next and final event of the week was the road race. We had power in numbers and were motivated for a hard and aggressive race. There were a lot of attacks during the race and we were always present making sure we didn't let anyone dangerous go up the road. Like we had predicted the finish came down to a bunch sprint and Lizzie came fourth which was a great defence of her jersey.
It was a long season and I am definitely ready for some time off and a long over due holiday. This years holiday destination is somewhere I have never been but have always wanted to go, Japan. Twelve days travelling around Tokyo, Mt Fuji and Kyoto with just a backpack. I can’t wait!