Born in the Netherlands, it is not surprising I love biking. Off-road, time-trials or ‘just’ road biking, it’s in my genes. Having finished 5 multi-day bike races, I am now finding new challenges in shorter, more intensive races. I love the speed in an Olympic distance triathlon or a 10K run but sometimes I need the challenge of a 6+ hour MTB race. And, just as the athletes I coach, I am constantly testing my limits. So even though I am happy with a personal best time of 2h15min on the Olympic distance, I can bike a 40K time trial in a little more than an hour, and I run 10K in 41.17 – there is always room for improvement.
I have a strong background in exercise and nutritional sciences. I obtained a PhD in exercise physiology from Maastricht University in 2009 and have been a researcher at Karolinska Institutet for the past few years. Conducting research on the effects of physical (in)activity has given me extensive knowledge and expertise on the effects of exercise on health and performance. Much of this research has been done on subjects with a spinal cord injury, who are unable to walk. That has made me very grateful for being able to exercise, it makes me enjoy every mile even more.
I feel that these two levels of experience in sports, both personally and professionally, have given me a unique perspective on training and racing. I have a thorough understanding of the physiological effects of training but also know from personal experience what it is like to train, race and have a busy life outside of sports.
Of course I put my experience and expertise in my training schedules and the way I coach. Topped off with a great dedication to making you a happy and successful athlete.
Are you an athlete looking to step out of his/her comfort zone and you need a coach that knows how to get you there? Contact me and I would be happy to answer your questions and help you take the next step.