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Pushing it to the max
Bayside Bulletin, March
13 , 2012

DARREN Robinson and Angela Houseman hit the weights in preparation for the
2012 Melbourne lronman on March 25. Photo by CHRIS McCORMACK

By Melissa Mobbs

IRONMAN couple Darren Robinson and Angela Houseman live and breathe fitness.

The committed pair moved from Frankston. Melbourne, to Cleveland in 1992, and have been making their mark on the fitness world ever since.

"Anything that pushes you beyond where you just want to sit down, you just want to give up or whatever, we just love doing," Angela said.

Angela works as a personal trainer juggling her clients with being a mother to their two children, aged 10 and 13, who attend Ormiston College. Darren works full-time in the building construction industry, commuting to Melbourne three days a week, along with running their fitness business in Cleveland.

The busy couple are keen competitors, having participated in a long list of triathlon events, including Oxfam adventure races in both 2004 and 2008, Kokoda adventure race in 2008 and 2009, as well as three half ironman events in Hawaii and the Gold Coast.

On top of their demanding schedules, they are preparing to compete in their second full ironman triathlon in seven weeks' time.

After competing in Ironman Perth in 201l, which was their first full marathon, the couple is training to take on the Melbourne Ironman on March 25, along with several other Redlands residents from their gym.

Both Angela and Darren dedicate about I 0- I 5 hours a week to sports-specific training.

They are currently working with running coach Laurie Cavallero, a personal trainer in Cleveland and bike coach Peter Richards, also a Cleveland resident.

The Melbourne Ironman event will include a 3.8km swim. 180km bike ride and a 42.2km run.

They have both been running in triathlons since their first race in the Raby Bay Gatorade series in 1996, with the ironman being their biggest achievement yet, distance wise.

"Triathlon is a big sport, but ironman is the pinnacle of it because its the longest event in the triathlon sport," Darren said.

Training for their next event so soon after their Perth achievement, the couple will focus on recovering after Melbourne rather than planning another race.

"We never say never, but we're going to knock this one off and then we'll take a bit of a break," Darren said.

Whether they take on another full marathon or stick to smaller distances, there is one thing this inspirational couple is certain about, and that is promoting healthy living throughout Redlands.

'A painter sees a painting at the end. I like to see people achieve and be healthy," Angela said.

"Redlands is such a beautiful place; it's so conducive to being healthy and having a healthy lifestyle."

The couple has recently started a weekly running club for Redlands residents down at Raby Bay Harbour, with coach Laurie Cavallero.

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