I always thought the hardest race of the season was the first one and the Mooloolaba course more than added to feeling that effect. The deceiving heat, humidity and hilly course seriously made your body scream after the months of base training. Funny enough, Vanessa and I rarely ever got to race each other as we were always on opposite sides of the world competing at the same time. On the rare occasions we did, we often laughed of this ‘talked up’ rivalry we had.
She was seriously one strong competitor and I loved any opportunity I got to race her. This one I think I had a lot more on my side – no long haul travel, being used to the Australian summer heat and a home crowd advantage.
The bid for history was again derailed by three-time world champion Emma Snowsill who today won the BG Triathlon World Cup season opener in Mooloolaba. In the first head-to-head battle between Snowsill and rival Vanessa Fernandes, it was the home favorite who triumphed.