Welcome to my page. My name is Ahmet Kucukasci. I am an age group triathlete. I have been in sports since I was 7 years old. As most of the amateur athletes, I have stopped doing sports at some stages in my life and kept coming back and live the life as I wanted to.
I have been a swimmer since I was 7 years old and continued competitive swimming until University. Then I had started practicing Muay Thai around 2005 or 2006. In 2007 I went to Holland as an Erasmus Student and lived there for a year. That was the first time I had stopped doing sports in my life. This is one my biggest regrets. I gained more than 10 kilos in 1 year. After giving a break for 1.5 year, I returned to my Muay Thai trainings and practiced it till 2017. In 2014, I have decided to do an Ironman and I thought it was going to be a onetime challenge for me. Therefore, I kept training for triathlon and Muay Thai together. However, I didn’t know that triathlon would be such a great feeling. I have joined 1 sprint and 1 olympic distance triathlon races and Half Ironman race in 2015.5 I finished my first Half Ironman race in Turkey. Then, I have decided to finish full Ironman, and finished my first Ironman 140.6 in Mallorca on September 24th, 2016. As for my second Full Ironman, I have completed Ironman Maastricht, Limburg in August 2017. Until that time, I have raced at many local races, open water races and running races. I was at my top physique but I knew that I have to work with a coach from now on. I knew about my capabilities and I knew that my potential is higher than that. I even saw podium in one of my open water swimming races at my age group. I have realized that it is time to stop training for Muay Thai and spend more time on triathlon trainings. It was also bad for the muscle group.
After I have started to work with a coach, who is also my friend, we aimed to race at Ironman Copenhagen in August 2019. We had more than 1 year to train and I was seeing great improvement on my performance. I even had my first podium finish at April Joke race (70.3 distance race) in Cyprus in 2019. However, the week after the race I broke my shoulder at a sprint triathlon race in Alanya where I was also racing for podium in my age group. It was tough times for me and I had a surgery. I had to stop training until September.
All my plans were cancelled and I lost a lot of endurance/condition during that time. However, I had two more races in November and December: Ironman Turkey 70.3 and Ironman Bahrain 70.3. I had to shift my race from Copenhagen to Bahrain 70.3. Normally, it was not on my list. Then, in November, I finished Ironman Turkey and finished Ironman Bahrain 70.3 succesfully with 2.5 months of training.
On this blog, I will share my experience and photos from the races I participated.
Hope you will enjoy it.