Dr Dina Altayeb is a periodontist, a mother of three, a retired assistant professor, and, in her ‘spare’ time, an Ironman triathlete. With over 100 triathlons under her belt, Dina has blazed a trail for other Saudi women to take up the sport, and her many sporting achievements include becoming the first Saudi to complete a full-distance Ironman. In 2018, Dina bettered this first with another when she became the first Saudi age-group athlete to qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Kona.
This week Dina is competing in Kona for the third time (go, Dina!), which is all the more impressive given how busy her life is. Luckily for me, she found some time to answer these questions about her journey in triathlon and Ironman racing.