MARTIJN VELTKAMP, PSYCHOLOGIST AND BEHAVIOUR CHANGER
I am a sports psychologist specialised in motivation, goals, and behavioural change. A couple of days a week I work as a sensory research specialist at FrieslandCampina, and I'm busy with questions like how to make healthy life choices. In addition, I have a passion for sports, and I'm regularly on the race bike (especially in the high mountains). As a cyclist, I realise that in terms of performance improvement, a lot of attention is paid to equipment and training schedules and not to the mind.
With that, I believe that sports performance is very dependent on the mind! How motivated, determined and frequently you train to improve are key elements to your overall sports performance. To demonstrate this, I have just written a book which combines my passion for psychology and cycling. In 2015, The Hidden Motor was published: about the psychology of cycling, containing an overview of the most important mental aspects of cycling. The sequel, "Live in Cadence," about the effect of sports on your mental health, will be published in 2018.