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The Mettleset Podcast is on a mission to bring you stories of tenacity, courage and mettle from athletes in the Middle East and beyond. From women’s sports and motorsports to adventure, action- and ultra- endurance sports, and everything in between, listeners will get a dose of the region’s most compelling - fun and funny - underreported sports stories every week.

Hosts Dawn Barnable (Sports Communications Professional & Ultra Cyclist), and Afshan Ahmed (Journalist and Endurance Athlete) will be joined weekly by guests who range from record - and boundary – breaking athletes, world-class explorers, community sports leaders and pro athletes at every stage of their career.

For more info, visit www.themettleset.com and find us on all major socials at @themettleset.

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The Mettleset Podcast is on a mission to bring you stories of tenacity, courage and mettle from athletes in the Middle East and beyond. From women’s sports and motorsports to adventure, action- and ultra- endurance sports, and everything in between, listeners will get a dose of the region’s most compelling - fun and funny - underreported sports stories every week.

Hosts Dawn Barnable (Sports Communications Professional & Ultra Cyclist), and Afshan Ahmed (Journalist and Endurance Athlete) will be joined weekly by guests who range from record - and boundary – breaking athletes, world-class explorers, community sports leaders and pro athletes at every stage of their career.

For more info, visit www.themettleset.com and find us on all major socials at @themettleset.

    EP17: GROWTH MINDSET: Mountaineer Tima Deryan on going to the ends of the Earth to inspire others to be limitless

    EP17: GROWTH MINDSET: Mountaineer Tima Deryan on going to the ends of the Earth to inspire others to be limitless

    Dubai-based mountaineer Tima Deryan joins us today, a month after she became the first Lebanese woman to ski the last degree of the South Pole and only a few months away from skiing the last degree of the North Pole. This will conclude her seven-year expedition to achieve the Explorers Grand Slam. It’s a mountaineering challenge that only about 73 people have completed of which fewer than 20 are women, according to the Explorers Grand Slam website. 
    As part of the challenge, the 30-year-old has also summited the highest mountain on every continent, and became the youngest Arab to summit Mount Everest at the age of 26. She is also the first Arab woman to climb Ojos del Salado, the highest active volcano in the world.  
    Tima has climbed more than 25 high mountains around the world, collecting life-changing experiences, fun memories and lasting friendships as she ascended and descending with lessons that have contributed to her growth mindset.
    She is also the author of the Curly Adventures children’s book, founder of the slow fashion brand Feministiya  and a motivational speaker.
    As she prepares for the final leg of the Explorers Grand Slam, she tells us why she wanted to do it, her most cherished and sometimes hair-raising memories, and her aim to represent the image of strong Arab women through her initiatives. She also discusses what went into planning and training for each climb and tips on how you can get into mountaineering.
     
    To follow Tima, find her on instagram at @mountaingipsy  and timaderyan.com
     
    To learn about the Explorers Grand Slam, visit explorersgrandslam.com
    Our wider support team for this episode includes Editor JJ Thompson and our Artwork is by the talented Alexandra Hickey of Studio Theodore. 
    For more info,  visit www.themettleset.com , and follow us on @themettleset
    We hope you enjoy the episode! 
    Dawn & Afshan 
    @dawnable 
    @afshahmed

    • 1 hr 13 min
    EP16A: Ultra-Eating: Ultra-Cycling Coach Niel Copeland chats with Dawn Barnable about race nutrition when riding your bike a really really long time

    EP16A: Ultra-Eating: Ultra-Cycling Coach Niel Copeland chats with Dawn Barnable about race nutrition when riding your bike a really really long time

    So hopefully you have listened to our earlier episode (Episode 16) this week where we chat with my coach Niel Copeland on all things ultra-cycling. Well, almost all things. One major aspect of these long distance races is eating … eating a lot, a lot, a lot of food. 
    So today, that’s why we’re bringing you a bonus episode on Ultra Eating.  We start off with a quick check-in on my training for the Race Around Rwanda and then go into the importance of nutrition, how you train to eat (yes, you actually need to do this), how much and what to eat on an ultra race, issues that come up and how to avoid them and why planning is key . 
    We also chat through my recent experience using the UltraHuman CGM and how the insights available through wearing it helped me stay fueled during training.  I’ll be wearing one during my upcoming race and am excited to report back on that. 
    So, if you like cycling, and you like food, you may like this episode.  
    To follow Niel, check him out on IG @nielcopeland (feel free to slide into his DMs) and also on YouTube at @turncycling. For info on his training camps visit https://dotbooster.my.canva.site/home or IG at @dotbooster.academy. 
    For more information on UltraHuman, visit www.ultrahuman.com. 
    For Race Around Rwanda, I’m riding a beautiful Curve Titanium Gravel Bike from Edge Cycling. For more information, visit www.edgecycling.ae.  

    Our wider support team for this episode includes Editor JJ Thompson and our Artwork is by the talented Alexandra Hickey of Studio Theodore. 
    We hope you enjoy the episode! 
    Dawn & Afshan 
    @dawnable 
    @afshahmed

    • 1 hr 8 min
    EP16: So you want to be an Ultra Cyclist? Coach Niel Copeland chats with Dawn about just exactly what it takes

    EP16: So you want to be an Ultra Cyclist? Coach Niel Copeland chats with Dawn about just exactly what it takes

    Hello! Dawn here. 
    So you want to be an ultra-cyclist? Well, maybe you do, maybe you are one already, or maybe you’re just curious to know how one can race distances that range from 700 km to up to over 7000 km, all self supported.  Well, today’s episode aims to share a good overview of the sport and how you can get involved as I speak with my coach, Niel Copeland, one of the world’s most experienced ultra-cycling coaches. 
    I’m in full training mode for Race Around Rwanda, a 1000km self supported road and gravel cycling race taking place early February 2023. This will be my fourth ultra, and hopefully my third successful finish. For some background, don’t forget to listen to Episode 1, which details my first race or our last Bonus Episode with Simon DeSchutter, the man behind Race Around Rwanda. 
    So, who is Niel and what do we chat about? Niel has 20 ultra-distance race finishes under his belt. He's podiumed in some of the biggest races in the world and as a coach, he helps people realize their dream of finishing an ultra cycling race.  
    This year Niel and fellow world renowned ultra coach Jasmijn Muller got together to launch ultra-focused training camps to provide the next level of coaching to any athlete looking to step into this crazy world. 
    In my chat with Niel, we discuss how to get started, training differences for women and men, the timeframe and considerations needed before you sign up for a race, training yourself mentally, race management, the beauty in the experience, race selection and we touch upon nutrition.  We only touch upon nutrition because we have a whole bonus episode on ultra-eating later this week.
    I hope you find this episode informative, useful and also inspiring. Self-supported ultra-cycling changed my life and if I can help and encourage one person (maybe you?) to take it up, my job here is done.  
    To follow Niel, check him out on IG @nielcopeland (feel free to slide into his DMs and also on YouTube at @turncycling. For info on his training camps visit https://dotbooster.my.canva.site/home or IG at @dotbooster.academy. 

    Our wider support team for this episode includes Editor JJ Thompson and our Artwork is by the talented Alexandra Hickey of Studio Theodore. 

    We hope you enjoy the episode! 
    Dawn & Afshan 
    @dawnable 
    @afshahmed

    • 1 hr 18 min
    EP15: IRONWOMAN: Saudi triathlete Dina Al Tayeb on unintentionally blazing a trail for Arab athletes

    EP15: IRONWOMAN: Saudi triathlete Dina Al Tayeb on unintentionally blazing a trail for Arab athletes

    If you’ve been paying attention, triathlons are having a moment in the Middle East. More and more athletes from all over the region are taking up the sport.  Equally, Saudi Arabia is seeing a booming interest in sports, especially triathlons, and our guest today has and continues to play a key role in developing it in the region. 
    This unintentional trailblazer is Dr. Dina Al Tayeb, who began competing in triathlons back in 2005 when no one was doing it and there really wasn’t any tri community to fall back on. 
    Dina became the first Arab and first Saudi national to complete an Ironman distance triathlon. She is also the first Arab woman and Saudi National to qualify and complete the Ironman World Championships in Kona.  And she is the first Saudi National to qualify and compete in the 70.3 World Championships. Feats and titles she never set out to accomplish as she was simply looking to challenge herself in sports. 
    In our chat with Dina, she details her start into the world of triathlons when it was largely unheard of, particularly for a Saudi woman. 
    Along with being a triathlete, she is a certified Ironman Coach, an entrepreneur, dentist and mother. She also is one of the founding board members of the Saudi Triathlon Federation. 
    Dina’s impact cannot be overstated and in fact, the day after our chat with Dina, she featured in the New York Times’ weekend magazine. 
    She is an inspiration and role model, a wise owl and the perfect guest for us to welcome into the New Year. 
    To follow Dina, check her out on instagram @dina.altayeb
    To learn more about Triathlon in Saudi Arabia, visit https://www.triathlon.sa 
    Our wider support team for this episode includes Editor JJ Thompson and our Artwork is by the talented Alexandra Hickey of Studio Theodore. 
    Our chat with Dina makes us want to push our boundaries a little more this year, and hope you get inspired too! 
    For more info,  visit www.themettleset.com , and follow us on @themettleset
    Dawn & Afshan 
    @dawnable 
    @afshahmed

    • 47 min
    EP14: 2023 INSPO: Reflections, lessons and adventures from our 2022 guests to get you excited about the year ahead

    EP14: 2023 INSPO: Reflections, lessons and adventures from our 2022 guests to get you excited about the year ahead

    Hey Team, 
    Happy New Year! It’s a whole new year for all of us, and for The Mettleset Podcast and what better way to start it than with a little reflection and all of the lessons that we’re taking with us into 2023. 
    2022 was phenomenal for us - The Mettleset was born and with it, we shared stories from athletes from across the Middle East representing all sorts of sports. They’ve pushed boundaries, overcome challenges and fears, jumped into the deep end without a moment’s hesitation, found a flow that balances their sporting endeavours while caring for their mental wellbeing and have grown throughout their respective journeys. 
    In this episode, we give you a quick recap of how 2022 shaped up for us and what we’ve got going on in 2023. More importantly, we discuss all the pearls of wisdom we took from each guest. Every conversation we had in 2022 was a goldmine of inspiration and advice. We walked away from each chat feeling hopeful and enriched and wanted to share some of the best nuggets with you in this episode in hopes it inspires you for the year ahead 
    We’re so grateful to you for coming along with us as we unearth the untold stories of athletes from across the region. We have so much in store for you this year, and can’t wait to get right to it, so keep listening and, as always, we’d love to hear from you!
    Our wider support team for this episode includes Editor JJ Thompson and our Artwork is by the talented Alexandra Hickey of Studio Theodore. 
    We hope you enjoy the episode! 
    Dawn & Afshan 
    @dawnable 
    @afshahmed

    • 51 min
    EP13: SPORTS SAVED ME: The UAE’s First Emirati Pro Surfer, Mo Rahma On Happiness and The Healing Power of Sport

    EP13: SPORTS SAVED ME: The UAE’s First Emirati Pro Surfer, Mo Rahma On Happiness and The Healing Power of Sport

    Our last full episode of 2023 features the energetic and joyful Mo Rahma. Mo brings heart to everything he does, which at the time of recording includes 60 different sport disciplines… and counting. 
    Mo’s sport journey started in childhood has many twists and turns and he’s represented the UAE in football as a youth, and later rugby and surfing all while managing ulcerative colitis, a chronic health condition.  
    In our chat with Mo, he talks about focus, motivation, mindset, managing a chronic illness, why competition matters, and the importance of the basics. He also discusses becoming the first Emirati to represent the UAE on the World Surfing Tour.  
    Mo’s journey didn’t stop there and most recently, he’s committed himself to trying (and documenting with the help of his wife) as many sports as possible during the Dubai Fitness Challenge. 60 down, 40 more to go.  
    We also chat about the power of reflection, celebration and why the best is yet to come. 
    In his own words, sports makes Mo feel alive and this discussion with Mo gave us life - and a lot of food for thought - as we close out a memorable year. 
    Mo can be found on instagram @mo_rahma 
    For more information on the Dubai Fitness Challenge, visit www.dubaifitnesschallenge.com 
    Our wider support team for this episode includes Editor JJ Thompson and our Artwork is by the talented Alexandra Hickey of Studio Theodore. 
    For more info,  visit www.themettleset.com , and follow us on @themettleset
    We hope you enjoy the episode! 
    Dawn & Afshan 
    @dawnable 
    @afshahmed

    • 1 hr

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