Ben Dijkstra

Sport:
Triathlon
Level:
GO GOLD Ambassador
NGB:
British Triathlon Federation
District:
Charnwood
School:
Loughborough Grammar School (Boys 10-18)
Achievements from Application:
  • European U23 Triathlon Champion

This athlete also receives free leisure facility access from: Charnwood Borough Council & Fusion Lifestyle

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Ben Dijkstra

Ben Dijkstra

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Training still goes on

23rd Jan, 2021

As the days are slowly getting longer, it's great to see a bit more daylight when I'm training outside. My training is still going well and currently we're still working on the foundations for the 2021 season. Although there is still a little bit of uncertainty about exactly when and where my season will start, I'm busy working hard to ensure that I will be in the best place physically and mentally for this. It's sometimes difficult to keep motivated through the winter months but I really think that it is important to find enjoyment with what you are doing to stay motivated during these times, whichever way that might look like. I hope everyone is keeping well.

Ben Dijkstra

Ben Dijkstra

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The end of lockdown

30th Nov, 2020

As we approach the end of lockdown 2, there is a little bit more positivity in my training at the moment. The last few weeks have been very good from a training perspective (a little bit of extra sunshine wouldn't be too bad though!) and I should have a 10km road race at Mallory Park on the 15th December so I'm very excited that there may be a few competitions on the horizon. I hope everyone is keeping well and staying positive.

Ben Dijkstra

Ben Dijkstra

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Difficult Times - Lockdown 2

8th Nov, 2020

As we have entered our second lockdown, my training has enabled me to keep my mind focused on something I enjoy. Fortunately, my training hasn't been affected too greatly as I am still able to swim, ride and run provided that I follow the guidelines. Although there are no races in the immediate future, my training has been going very well over the last few weeks. We will have to wait and see if any competitions in the last part of 2020 and early 2021 can go ahead but I'll be sure to keep my motivation high over the coming few months.

Ben Dijkstra

Ben Dijkstra

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End of Season

28th Sep, 2020

I was fortunate enough to get one final race in on September 12th in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic before having a brief period of downtime. The race was a World Cup meaning that there was a very high quality of field - including the current World Champion, Silver medallist among other World Series medallists. This was my first racing opportunity since March so I was extremely excited to be back on a start line again. I was happy with my result as I finished in 10th place but I know that there is more to come in future races which will most likely be in 2021. At the moment, I'm just going to get my head down and tick off some high quality training blocks to ensure that I am in the best position to start next season!

Ben Dijkstra

Ben Dijkstra

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Updates!

21st Jul, 2020

There is good news on the horizon! After having spent the last few months putting in some great training blocks, enjoying the outdoors and staying as positive as possible in the current circumstances there have finally been some recent developments from a racing perspective. In just under a week there will be some socially distant racing taking part at Mallory Park and there are some races scheduled in France and the Czech Republic at the end of August and early September. I'm hoping that things continue on moving in the right direction for everyone which will allow races to go ahead. Either way, I hope that everybody is still staying safe, healthy and positive.

Ben Dijkstra

Ben Dijkstra

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Training Update

31st May, 2020

With no racing on the immediate horizon, the focus on enjoying good quality training and consistency has continued. I've had fun exploring new routes on my bike and just enjoyed the solo training for the time being. My university exams had a slightly different format from what I was used to but now these are completed I am just continuing on with my training and staying healthy.

Ben Dijkstra

Ben Dijkstra

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Isolation Update

27th Apr, 2020

Unfortunately the Coronavirus is affecting everyone at the moment, I'm trying my best to do my part by sticking to the guidelines of one bit of outdoor activity a day - usually running! - and maintaining the social distancing measures. It's been hard mentally to keep motivation high especially with no events on the horizon but at the moment competitive sport is not the priority at the moment. On the plus side, it has been great seeing people active out and about with such fantastic weather. I hope everyone is staying strong and positive, we can get through this. Take care everyone x

Ben Dijkstra

Ben Dijkstra

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2020 season has almost started!!

12th Mar, 2020

After having spent 6 weeks in Australia, it is finally time to start my season. My preparations have been going well in Burleigh Heads, Queensland with the rest of the British Triathlon Team so I am very much looking forward to seeing how my first race of the year - the Mooloolaba World Cup - on 14/03.

Ben Dijkstra

Ben Dijkstra

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Australia Training Camp

17th Feb, 2020

After completing my university exams in January, I was very excited to head out to Australia with the Great British Triathlon Team for a training camp. So far, the camp has gone very well and where we are based in Burleigh Heads the training is fantastic. I'm very much looking forward to the next few weeks of the training camp which then leads into my first race of 2020. I'm planning on starting my season at the Mooloolaba World Cup on the 14th March.

Ben Dijkstra

Ben Dijkstra

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Winter Training

16th Nov, 2019

After a few weeks of gradually building the training back up, the fitness is starting to slowly slow. It's a great feeling when after a few weeks of consistent training you can feel yourself getting that little bit stronger and fitter each day, especially when the last time I was comparing fitness was at the end of my race season.

Ben Dijkstra

Ben Dijkstra

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Back to Training!

24th Oct, 2019

After a short end of season break, I'm slowly getting back to my normal training schedule. It's always a nice feeling allowing your body to reset, refresh and recover after a long season but doing this has made me eager to get back to feeling great in training again!

Ben Dijkstra

Ben Dijkstra

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European U23 Triathlon Championships

1st Oct, 2019

To finish off my year, I competed in the European U23 Triathlon Championships in Valencia. I felt like I had unfinished business for my 2019 season so this was the perfect opportunity to try and end the year on a high. I knew that my form was in a good place following my 8th place at the World U23 so I went into the race knowing that if I was as competitive as I could be, I would be right up there in the mix. Despite adverse weather conditions delaying the race start which forced the organisers to change the race distance, I still had a great race where I was crowned the European U23 Champion. To make the weekend even more special, I did the Mixed Team Relay the following day and our team came away with the win so it was definitely a golden weekend!

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World Championships!!

6th Sep, 2019

Last weekend I competed in Lausanne in the U23 World Championships for the individual and also the U23 Mixed Relay events. The course was tough with a steep climb on each of the eight laps and then with warm temperatures the racing was by far the hardest I have had all season. I'm happy to say that I came away with an 8th place in the individual event - with the fastest run split of the day and only 7 senior athletes improved on my time on an identical course - and also a Silver medal in the Mixed Team Relay where I handed over on the second leg in first place. It's just one more race weekend in Valencia next weekend for the European U23 Championships and then my season is over, it's been a fun year so I'm hoping to round off the race calendar on a high!

Ben Dijkstra

Ben Dijkstra

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My Final Few Races of 2019

16th Aug, 2019

With the 2019 triathlon season shortly coming to a close for most, all eyes and focus will be on delivering the best performances of the year. For me, my final two races are the World U23 Championships on 30th September in Lausanne then shortly followed by the European U23 Championships in Valencia two weeks after. My training has been going very well recently so I'll be looking towards delivering positive results and giving it my best shot - it's definitely an exciting part of the year now!

Ben Dijkstra

Ben Dijkstra

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Good News

30th Jul, 2019

As we are nearing the final part of the triathlon season, all eyes will be on one of the biggest events in the calendar: the World Championships. This year, the Championships will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland on the 30th August and I was over the moon to have been informed of my selection a few days ago. It is a course that I know well, having competed there as a Junior in 2017 but this is my first opportunity to race at a World U23 Championships. I'm definitely really excited to have this chance and I hope to continue on the good preparations in the lead up - fingers crossed!

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My First Senior European Champs

31st May, 2019

This weekend I will be competing at my very first senior European Championships in Weert, The Netherlands. I'm really looking forward to racing after a positive start to the season and also because five years ago - it feels crazy saying that! - I raced here in my first ever race representing Great Britain for the Youth Olympic Games qualifier. I definitely have good memories of this place and I have a lot of my family coming to watch which will hopefully make this weekend even more special!

Ben Dijkstra

Ben Dijkstra

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Training Camp and Race

29th Apr, 2019

I've just returned home after a 2.5 week camp in Vilamoura, Portugal with the Loughborough Triathlon Squad. We enjoyed some lovely warm weather in the lead up to my second race of the season in Quarteira to finish off my time away. The race came down to a big sprint finish with the top 5 being separated by only 10 seconds after almost two hours of racing! I'm over the moon to have came away with the Silver medal and my race feeling is definitely getting better with every day especially after a challenging 2018 due to injury. My next race is the Cagliari World Cup in three weeks time so there's some time to recover before getting back to some serious training to ensure I am in the best possible shape going into this race.

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Finally... A race report!

26th Sep, 2018

It's been a challenging year but racing has finally started. Earlier this month I headed out to the Czech Republic for a World Cup on a brutal course. Despite not achieving the best result it felt great to be stood back on a start line again. Last weekend I went to France for a French Grand Prix race but due to stormy conditions the triathlon got changed to a 2.5km run relay race – it wasn't quite the race I was hoping for but you always have to be prepared for the unexpected!

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Exciting News

14th Aug, 2018

I can finally say that it is race week! It has certainly been a long time coming but I am extremely excited to be getting this feeling again. On Sunday I have a local Olympic distance triathlon (1500m swim, 40km bike and a 10km run) to hopefully get my race-legs back into a bit of shape before I head off to the Czech Republic for a World Cup on the 3rd September.

Ben Dijkstra

Ben Dijkstra

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A Super Summer

16th Jul, 2018

Although I cannot report on any racing yet, the days are being ticked off until I can stand on a start line again. The last few weeks training has been going very positively (probably influenced by the amazing weather of late) and I'm raring to go. We're currently looking at another 7 weeks until I can race, so hopefully there will be good news to follow in early September. For the moment, I'll keep training as best as I can and get into the best possible shape for then!

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Persistance is key

31st May, 2018

Dealing with adversity is part and parcel of sport, it is almost expected when you push your body every day to its limit. When facing a challenging or different time, as I am with my current injury, it is important to find new challenges for yourself. This not only helps keep you occupied, but the small targets you set yourself can be really motivational! This recent period has allowed me to further improve my swim – a previously weaker area to my racing. Hopefully with this, I'll be able to race better than ever when I'm back. Setbacks make comebacks!!

Ben Dijkstra

Ben Dijkstra

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Moving in the right direction

29th Apr, 2018

It's been a tough start to 2018 but I'm over the moon to say that I've got my first "run" planned for Tuesday in over 3 months. Having to face the fact that you're injured is never an easy realisation to reach, but I've kept the long-term goal in mind and this has definitely made the whole process a bit easier. I'll be using an Alter-G treadmill which allows you to run at a specified percentage of your body weight for the first few weeks but I'll literally be counting down the days until I can run outside!

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The struggles of injuries

2nd Apr, 2018

Not everything always goes to plan when you push your body every day. It's been a tough time for the last few months after a great start to 2018. I was out in Portugal putting in a solid couple weeks work with my training partner George Peasgood under the sun in January when something didn't feel quite right with my left hip. Training had been going well, and I was very much looking forwards to opening my season only a few weeks after the end of the camp. I was sent for an MRI when I returned back home which revealed something which made my heart sink – a femoral neck stress fracture. After 8.5 weeks of no running and small progressions in my cycling volume, I have a follow up x-ray in a couple week's time which will hopefully show signs of recovery and progression… Fingers crossed.

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The end of my 2017 season

25th Oct, 2017

After finishing my junior triathlon racing on a high with another bronze medal at the World Junior Triathlon Championships in Rotterdam, I was off to Jersey for my final triathlon of the year. Rotterdam went very well, especially considering the awful conditions we had to race in (11-degree air temperature and 15-degree water temperature with refreshing rain to ensure we stayed cold) so I was in good shape leading into the Super League Triathlon. I had a great weekend but unfortunately crashed out of the eliminator race on the final day of racing… Onwards and upwards for next year!

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Back to racing!

30th Aug, 2017

After a nice short mid-season break where I headed to Thailand to refresh my mind and reset my system, it was time to refocus on my next main races. I raced in a European Junior Cup in Lausanne on the 21st August and at the British U20 Championships on the 28th August and I'm delighted to say I won both races. With two and a half weeks until my final World Junior Championship, in Rotterdam this year, things are certainly heading in the right direction and I'm extremely excited to see how it will go.

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