Tara Unverzagt 50
Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
How I keep in shape:
I mostly ride my bicycle. I train on road rides and on the track at the velodrome at the VELO Sports Center at the StubHub Center in Carson. And I do charity rides during the winter.
What keeps me motivated:
In mass start races, if you’re not fit, you’ll be dropped from the pack of racers, and your race is basically done. I was dropped in the second corner of the first lap of my first race eight years ago. I vowed to never let that happen again, and it hasn’t. Whenever I consider not training, I just remember that day.
My health challenges:
I have a blood disorder called Factor V Leiden that prevents me from dissolving blood clots well. With the help of Dr. Ilene Weitz at USC-Norris Medical Center, I started a new drug that allows me to go off blood thinners for one day to race. And I was able to complete the elite state championship and win.
My biggest achievement:
The World Championships. But I have to say, I was also very proud of winning a Southern California/Nevada Cycling Association Elite State Championship for two events this year. I was by far the oldest woman in the field, so it was quite an accomplishment for me.
Words of wisdom:
There’s nothing that is more youthful to me than someone who is comfortable using their body for a wide range of activities and isn’t afraid to get out the door for a new adventure.