• Bridie O'Donnell set the world hour record in Adelaide (Kathryn Watt)Source: Kathryn Watt
Bridie O'Donnell says the discomfort of the time trial at the Australian road championships was good preparation for her world hour record attempt.
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8 Jan 2016 - 2:10 PM 

Bridie O'Donnell's suffering at the Australian road cycling championships was perfect preparation for the hour of hell to come later this month

Although O'Donnell could only manage eighth in a race she has won before, she declared it a very, very good hitout ahead of her world hour record attempt.

The 2008 Australian time trial champion will try to break one of cycling's most iconic records on 22 January at the Adelaide Superdrome.

The current mark is 46.273km, set last September by American Molly Shaffer van Houweling.

The hour is all about being able to hold the right pace for as long as possible and coping with extreme physical stress.

Australian Rohan Dennis held the men's world record last year for three months.

"My setup on my time trial bike is just the same as the track bike, so it was just quite a good exercise in being uncomfortable," O'Donnell said.

"I've done zero hill training and that really showed."

O'Donnell finished in 46 minutes 42 seconds, more than three minutes behind winner Kat Garfoot.

While O'Donnell felt she had good rhythm, she also noted the undulating course at Buninyong, near Ballarat, was better suited to a light rider who can change pace quickly.

"So there are two marks against my name," she added.

"I would have loved a medal, but I'm not in the stratosphere of Garfoot."

O'Donnell was second behind Shara Gillow on the same course at last year's nationals.

She added being uncomfortable during the time trial was ideal mental training for the hour attempt.

"It's good practice being uncomfortable, being irritated, being annoyed," she said.

"A big part of the hour training has all been about how to shut out how I'm feeling and cue into elements that distract me from how bad I feel."

O'Donnell said there would be variables outside her control on 22 January, especially if the weather was too hot or cold.

But the 41-year-old doctor remains upbeat about her prospects.

"I'm absolutely going in with every intention of bettering the record," she said.