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Maria Leijerstam

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Maria Leijerstam -marialeijerstam.com

What Next Mum

In this episode I chat to Maria Leijerstam - an amazing endurance athlete and mum of 2.In 2013 Maria was the first person to cycle to the South Pole. She has also cycled across New Zealand and taken part in a number of multi-day adventure races.We talk about how Maria stayed active during her pregnancies and how soon she got back to fitness afterwards.  When her youngest was just over one Maria took part in a 6 day adventure race across Sweden and Norway and her plans for the future include horse riding across the Tien Shan Mountains with her mother and cycle-rowing across the Atlantic.Maria also runs the Burns Series Adventure Race https://burnseries.co.uk/races/burn/ which allows families of all ages to compete in an adventure race together and as a team.  This year's event is on 9 October at Margam Park in Wales.Thanks for listening.  Please subscribe, leave a review and share.  Even better - take a screen shot and share it on your social media so we can inspire women and Mums to stay active and to adventure.


17 Apr 2021

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001 Maria Leijerstam Edy: First Person to Cycle to the South Pole

Thinking Off-Piste

Maria Leijerstam Edy is a British polar adventurer and World Record holder. In 2013 she became the first person in the world to cycle to the South Pole from the edge of the Antarctic continent. Maria started her expedition on the Ross Ice Shelf at the edge of the Antarctic continent, and cycled for 10 to 17 hours each day with no rest days. Without intent, Maria also set the World Record for the fastest human powered coast to pole traverse, completing the journey in 10 days, 14 hours and 56 minutes. Maria takes us on a journey through her extreme adventures, and the planning, training and creativity that went into breaking these incredible records.You can read Maria's detailed story in her book 'Cycling to the South Pole': www.marialeijerstam.com/book-documentaryFacebook: marialeijerstamInstagram: marialeijerstamTwitter: marialeijerstamThinking Off-Piste is brought to you by Mabey Ski, a Whistler-based adventure ski company creating bucket list ski trips across the globe. If you’re looking to get off the beaten track and away from the crowds, head over to mabeyski.com to discover what lies beyond your lift pass.Hosted by: @beckylucyking


13 Jan 2021

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Maria Leijerstam On Adventure, Business & Breaking World Records

The Eat Your Greens Podcast

On the 27th December 2013, Maria Leijerstam became the first person in the world to cycle to the South Pole from the edge of the Antarctic continent. In doing so, she set the World Record for the fastest human powered coast to pole traverse, completing the journey in 10 days, 14 hours, and 56 minutes. This is the only Polar World First to be held by a woman. Maria titled the adventure the ‘White Ice Cycle’. Outside the world of adventure, Maria began her career in Rocket Science, and then moved into Project Management roles with multi-national organisations, including BAE Systems, Ford of Europe and Siemens. Today, she still regularly competes in some of the world’s most gruelling endurance events and runs the outdoor adventure company the ‘Burn Series’, in Wales, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. In this episode of the Eat Your Greens podcast, Maria shares her experience and expertise in business and how she’s applied those business learnings to expedition planning, execution, and, vice-versa. With an abundance of thought provoking comments, shared learnings and stories which can be applied to every-day life, this is a conversation you will not want to miss. To connect with Maria, use the contact details below. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marialeijerstam/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marialeijerstam/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/marialeijerstam E-mail: maria@burnseries.co.uk Burn Series: https://www.burnseries.co.uk/ Show notes: 02:05 – 03:45 Maria tells me when she first discovered that she had a love for adventure. 03:46 – 08:03 I ask Maria how she prepared for the White Ice Cycle? 08:04 – 11:03 Maria tells me her most vivid memory of cycling to the South Pole. 11:04 – 15:43 I ask Maria how she deals with the pain she endures during events. 15:44 – 17:37 Mara shares what she learnt about herself as a result of completing the White Ice Cycle. 17:38 – 21:39 Are women who take part in endurance sport getting the respect they deserve? Maria and I discuss. 21:40 – 24:55 Maria explains, based on her experience, where she thinks businesses can often make the most immediate improvements to their operations. 24:56 – 27:34 Maria explains what Lean Six Sigma is. 27:35 – 29:09 I ask Maria about the one piece of advice she always shares at an after dinner speaking engagement. 29:10 – 33:01 Maria tells me about her outdoor adventure company, Burn Series. 33:02 – 38:29 I ask Maria 5, quick-fire, questions. 38:30 – 39:23 Maria and I talk about her book, ‘Cycling to the South Pole’, and where you can buy it. 39:24 – 40:00 Maria shares her contact details.


24 Jun 2020

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The 1st Person To Cycle To The South Pole With Maria Leijerstam | Episode 18

We Make Success Happen with Matt Callanan

Maria Leijerstam is a British Polar adventurer, who was the first person to cycle to the South Pole from the edge of the continent.Maria talks about:What it takes to ride to the South PoleDealing with fearHow to sleep when the ice is cracking below you in SiberiaWhat made her suddenly resign at her well paid job in LondonThe favourite bits of kits she used in the South PoleExclusive reveal of one of her new challenges.Web: https://marialeijerstam.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/marialeijerstamInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/marialeijerstam/?hl=enBurn Series: https://www.burnseries.co.uk/Buy Maria’s book:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cycling-South-Pole-world-first/dp/1999872002/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Maria+Leijerstam&qid=1580709881&sr=8-1/////Today's podcast is brought to you by:We Make Film Happen http://wemakefilmhappen.com/We Make Good Happen http://wemakegoodhappen.com/We Make Podcasts Happen https://www.wemakepodcastshappen.comPodcast Like a Pro: https://www.podcastlikeapro.co.uk/We tap into the minds of people like adventurers, world record holders, entrepreneurs, voice coaches, psychologists, musicians and people making a positive difference around the world.We want to find out what’s their path to success and what have they learnt along the way.This is real stories from real people.Plus we want to find out what success means to them.The We Make Success Happen podcast is hosted by Matt Callanan, a former international DJ and musician turned filmmaker (with We Make Film Happen) and founder of the kindness project We Make Good Happen.https://mattcallanan.co.uk/http://wemakesuccesshappen.com

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10 Feb 2020

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Triking to the South Pole with Maria Leijerstam

Laidback Bike Report

In 2013 Maria Leijerstam rode her "Polar Cycle", an ICE Trikes custom built recumbent  fat trike, from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole in 10 days. Two Guinness world records and a fabulous book detailing her account followed. On this webcast we'll ask her about her amazing feat and the  trike that made it all possible. Chris Parker from ICE Trikes comes on to fill in his part of the story. Also, Steve Wood from San Antonio Bike Tours joins us to talk about personally leading tours of the city he loves while riding a velomobile and Peter Stull gives us an update on the latest from his Recumbent Museum collection.*You can watch the YouTube video of this episode here: https://youtu.be/qny5wbcOHAwTable of Contents for this month’s video.00:01:00  What’s on Today’s Show00:01:40  Panel Introduction00:03:45  Sponsor Introduction00:04:30  Maria Leijerstam Polar Adventurer + Chris Parker of ICE Trikes01:31:03  San Antonio Bike Tours with Steve Wood 01:53:07  Denny’s Sports Report01:59:00  Peter Stull-Bent Museum Update02:06:25  Sponsor Thanks02:07:28  Announcements02:10:00  Viewer Submissions02:12:14  Coming up next monthThanks to our great sponsors this monthTerraCycle  https://t-cycle.com/Trailside.bike  https://trailside.bike/Cruzbike  https://cruzbike.com/ICE Trikes https://www.icetrikes.co/*Maria Leijerstam*Website: https://marialeijerstam.com/Book and Documentary: https://marialeijerstam.com/book-docu...Contact Maria for Speaking Engagements: maria@burnseries.co.uk/Maria’s TED Talk  https://youtu.be/V2gCKH91GJoSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/laidbackbikereport)

2hr 14mins

28 Nov 2019

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Maria Leijerstam is a Welsh British polar adventurer who was the first person to cycle to the South Pole from the edge of the continent in 2013

Tough Girl Podcast

Maria Leijerstam is a Welsh British polar adventurer and a Wales 2016 Year of Adventure ambassador. She was the first person to cycle to the South Pole from the edge of the continent in 2013.  Leijerstam started her expedition on the Ross Ice Shelf at the edge of the Antarctic continent. She cycled for 10hrs to 17hrs each day with no rest days, and the total distance cycled was 638 km (396 mi). Leijerstam cycled a uniquely designed, three wheeled Polar Cycle, a modernised form of polar travel, demonstrating that cycling can be more efficient than skiing to the South Pole. Show notes Why she doesn’t call herself an explorer Growing up and wanting to be an astronaut  Her childhood Getting into more extreme adventures Always living in a mans world Joining the Officer Training Corps Learning how to look after herself How she started her journey into adventure Doing the Marathon des Sables! The lead up to the race, dealing with nerves and preparing her body for the heat Knowing how your body responds during a challenge Learning how to manage pain Why you put your body through the extreme challenges? Being the 200th person to ever reach the South Pole Doing an adventure race & what she loves about it The last wild race in Patagonia Handling team dynamics during adventure races When races fall apart… Dealing with discomfort and managing your pain Colour therapy 4 years preparation to get to the South Pole Testing out equipment and figuring out what was going to work £100,000 needed to do the expedition and how she paid for it Dealing with rejection Getting onto the ice and the relief she felt What she leant from the experience of planning and doing the polar expedition Coming home and returning to Wales Future goals and plans Being a mother of 2 and how she fits fitness into her life


9 Jan 2018

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TPZ052: Cycling Antarctica with Maria Leijerstam :

The Pursuit Zone

Maria Leijerstam became the first person in the world to cycle from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole in December of 2013. She rode a custom, 3-wheeled polar cycle on the Antarctic Traverse covering 400 miles in 10 days 14 hours and 56 minutes, setting a new speed record. Maria produced a documentary about the expedition called The White Ice Cycle and you can learn more about it her website whiteicecycle.com. Maria Leijerstam, welcome to The Pursuit Zone.


13 Jun 2014