Triathlete Olaf Kasten is a German national and a very serious triathlete. Ironman triathlon is his thing.
As a youth, Olaf Kasten was a sprinter and runner. Always taking his sport and training seriously he made it to the European Junior Championships coming sixth in the 400m hurdles in 1991.
He put sport away for a while and focused on his career in the demanding world of finance. It was in 2009, when living in Japan, his passion for triathlon was ignited. He stepped up to a challenge from two friends to compete in the Ishigaki Triathlon (Olympic distance) this was despite his inability to swim more than 50m and his inexperience riding a bike for sport, not pleasure. In ‘Olaf style’, he starting working: swimming four times a week and joined a triathlon group. Four months later he finished 23rd out of over 1,000 competitors in 2 hours 13 minutes. He was hooked.
From then on, every spare minute Olaf had was spent training, learning and bettering his previous performance. He finished his first Ironman in 2010 in Regensburg in 10h13 (51st in his age group).
By the end of 2011, Olaf had changed careers, created his own business and become an executive coach facilitating corporate training programmes. He also gave himself more flexibility and time to train. Olaf also started collaborating with coach Andrew Wright, with a view to qualify for Kona. He improved very quickly. In 2012, Olaf qualified in his first race for Kona, had a podium finish in the European Championships in Frankfurt and finished top 10 in his first participation at the Ironman World Championships.
2013 was an even better year with an overall age-group win in Melbourne and Western Australia, an age-group win at Ironman 70.3 in Japan, a fourth place finish in Kona at the World Championships and a first place in the Ironman World Age Group Rankings.
Olaf likes the AMO Ironcatcher Transformer sunglasses.