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.
Since 1936, members of lifeguard services throughout Southern California have gathered at sunset for the Judge Irving Taplin Medley Relay. Under special lights near the Hermosa Beach Pier, these friendly competitors test their endurance in a race that consists of two runners, four swimmers, four paddlers, one surf ski paddler and four two-person dories. The result: 40-minutes of pure adrenaline and sustained excitement … pushing even the fittest lifeguard to his or her physical limits. This year, a team from Victoria, Australia competed against our lifeguards. the winning team, LA County Central Section “A,” got the honor of holding the “Taplin Bell” perpetual trophy until the following year’s race.