Katrina Matthews made her Ironman debut last weekend with a 4th place finish at the Western Australia Ironman competition. Finishing in a time of 8:53:58 Kat is the second fastest ever British lady debut time and tenth fastest ever British lady over an Ironman distance as well as also being a minute down on the Army Men’s record time.
Breaking down her race, her swim was 0:55:27, cycling in 4:42:54 and finishing the run in 3:11:01.
Planed splits: 55, 3 4:50, 2, 3:10
Hit: 55, 3, 4:43, 2, 3:11
In March – under her maiden name of Katrina Rye – Kat was announced as one of the new members of the (amateur) Team Freespeed squad. The didn’t last long because her first races went so well (she was the second fastest athlete, overall, at Challenge Gran Canaria), that she quickly moved to racing in the Pro ranks. She followed that up with Pro podium finishes in Staffordshire and Finland, before her first Elite start for Great Britain finished with a Gold medal at the ETU Middle Distance European Championships. After a fantastic 2019 of racing Katrina Matthews has been chosen to race as a member of the established BMC-Vifit Pro Triathlon Team in 2020.