KAJSA TYLEN – MAMIL OF THE MONTH – MARCH
We’ve been away for a few months but we’re back with an extra special MAMIL (MAIDEN) of the MONTH for you! Please welcome Kasja Tylen to the MAMIL SPORTS community.
Now MAMILS all love cycling but some people really LOVE cycling. Beyond the leisurely cyclists and the weekend warriors enjoying club rides and cake stops their exists an elite collective of committed AUDAX and endurance riders who take the sport to new levels. We’ve been lucky enough to have a few of these riders grace our website previously (you can find them here).
Kajsa Tylen is part of a small group within an elite. The 41-year old businesswoman, who only took up cycling in 2012 and then serious cycling in 2014, cemented her name in cycling history when she became one of the top female distance cyclists in the world and Guinness World Record Holder in 2016.
As part of her “Year in the Saddle” Kajsa set a world record for the furthest annual mileage ridden by a female cyclist smashing Billie Fleming’s record of 29,603 miles which had stood since 1938. Kajsa cycled mainly in the flat parts of Nottingham and the UK, but, as part of her own personal challenge and to inject a sense of adventure into her world record attempt, she decided to cycle to her birth country – Sweden. In total she clocked up 52,025 km (32,326 miles) over 365 days, and battled injuries as well as the weather to achieve her goal. She spent some time exploring Sweden by bike and even rode through the midnight sun in the northern parts of the country. Her adventure took her through France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark Sweden and Finland (and back to England!).
Kajsa, a business analyst, took a year off work to complete the challenge and was supported fully by her company who thankfully kept her job open. Despite some occasional low points during the ride Kajsa never considered giving up “Tomorrow was always another day” she says, “You just get back on your bike and did your best”.
The support she received along the way kept her going. Her mum was her biggest supporter and formed a key part of Kajsa’s team looking after her following long stints in the saddle and preparing meals to fuel Kajsa for the next day. The public support was amazing with complete strangers joining Kajsa to cycle parts of the journey and she finished the year with a whole bunch of new international friends.
Kajsa uses her own achievements and challenges to inspire other Adults to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Alongside her epic year long achievement she has also achieved a black belt in Kickboxing, climbed Kilimanjaro, completed 2 Ironman events.
All these challenges have culminated in (and complemented) a new venture set up by Kajsa and June 2017 she officially announced her exciting new project www.sweatpledge.com.
Rather than raise money for a charity that encourages activity, Sweat Pledge encourages people to make donations of sweat instead. So far via Sweat Pledge Kajsa has encouraged 1000s of people to be more active and achieve physical goals they never thought possible.
“We all know it is important to exercise and stay active, but many people struggle to maintain that effort. Sweat Pledge is here to help, with the motivation of knowing that you are inspiring others to reach their fitness goals, and they are supporting you in achieving yours”
The idea is simple, participants sign up via the website and make a pledge to commit to an activity or personal fitness milestone. Via a personal blog they share the story of who, or what, is inspiring them to take up the challenge and share their progress with the Sweat Pledge community. Friends can support each other by making Sweat Pledges themselves (i.e. If Bob runs a 10k Gertrude will commit to cycling 50k in return). The community grows from there and everyone is supported and inspired along their way.
Kajsa now regularly speaks at events about her experiences to help inspire and motivate other people. You can find Kajsa on Facebook, Twitter, her own website “ayearinthesaddle” and you can email her directly at: email@example.com
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