With a type “A” personality coupled with a passion for life, a need for adventure, and a consistent call for a new adrenalin rush, Carl Guidice and his wife travel the world in search of new escapades. Carl stretches the imagination for what a semi-retired gentleman, with seemingly limitless wealth, should truly look like.
Carl Guidice is a devout family man with a wife and three beloved daughters and grandchildren. His extended family is also close to his heart. They participate in many sports activities together. Carl gets a kick out of challenging his younger family members whenever he has the opportunity. There are many younger family members who Carl joins for routine work-outs and exercise. While he and his wife follow a two-hour work-out routine daily.
Carl Guidice will be returning to the business world in 2022 but until then, he is using his boundless energy to follow his passion and happiness to explore it all.
What is your hobby?
My number one hobby is my family. I am very athletically inclined and have many hobbies. I run at least an hour daily. In addition to that, I go to the gym, I bike, I swim, I scuba dive, and I travel. We just got back from a trip that was twenty-eight thousand miles and thirteen flights that took us around the world. We went paragliding, bungee jumping and jumped off of a 600-foot cliff. I also went to the outback of Australia. With all of these trips and traveling plans, we stay quite busy. In fact, we have a myriad of adventures that we go on. I saw a shark on the barrier reef. There is virtually nothing that we haven’t tried at least once.
How did you get started with your hobby?
What got me started in all of my hobbies is that I have a type “A” personality. I don’t like sitting still. I like to go. My family and I are up for just about anything. So, we’ll try lots of adventure sports. We have a lot of young family members. I enjoy competing with them even though I am pushing sixty years old. Furthermore, I sometimes even best them. Since I have some young grandchildren,I want to keep as healthy as I am, so that I can enjoy them for as long as I can. Hobbies allow me to do that. We also live in Disney World so obviously we are attracted to things that keep you excited and somewhat adventurous.
Tell us what you love about it.
We love the adrenaline rush. Especially if it is something new. Running off a cliff that is 5,000 feet in the air with a paraglider is purely an adrenaline rush. It keeps the mind busy. I have watched some family members that prove the old adage that “if you don’t Use it you Lose it” is absolutely true. Family members that are not active and think that they can’t do things they stop doing them. I am going to continue to think that I am twenty-five years old until they put me in the grave.
Are there any groups that you are a part of or any events that you attend?
There are numerous groups that I belong to that are associated with different groups. I have a group that we play tennis with, another group that we dive with. I exercise with my family on a regular basis. The groups are varied and numerous and sometimes hard to keep up with.
Have you had to invest in any equipment and if so can you share whatever you have bought?
I have invested in a multitude of equipment. I have wave runners, all-terrain vehicles, I have an off-road jeep, I have an off-road truck, I have a sports car up on a lift. I have all sorts of ski equipment and scuba gear. I have whatever toy or gadget that comes out. I follow the adage, the one who dies with the most toys wins. I think I am definitely a competitor for that. I love new gadgets and new toys. I love things that will give me an edge. If a bike comes out with a new feature or is more lightweight, we get it. I think we have nine bikes. We have paddle boards and surfboards, I don’t know if there is a piece of sports gear that we don’t have other than golf clubs. That is the one sport I can’t seem to get a handle on.
Where do you get most of your supplies?
I love the bass pro shop. I love academy sports. I shop at the players and the Yamaha dealers for the ATV’s. Of course, there is the internet that sends you teasers based upon the latest toy you bought.
Are there any books you would recommend for beginners?
Sports is not the place where I’d recommend a lot of reading. There are some magazines like runner’s world. Jim fix wrote a book on running which is sometimes helpful. It teaches you how to stretch. Sports is more about doing and less about reading. People are all different you have to see what works for you. What works for you may not work for someone else. The only way to figure that out is just to get out there and do it.
How has this changed your life?
I think sports in my life has kept me grounded and balanced. I think balance is a very important ingredient in society today. A lot of people are missing that element in their lives. I think the pressure on people with careers and the number of hours that are required is prohibitive for balance. The pressure on the family is enormous as well. Everyone needs something for balance and to keep sane. Everyone needs some sort of hobby. It is important to take your mind off of your daily life. It will help people solve problems in their professional careers. I have solved so many problems on my runs.
What advice would you have for someone else starting out with this hobby?
Whatever hobby you choose, running, swimming, or scuba diving, you have to make it something that works for you. You have to figure out the time you have and the money you have and what is going to make you happy. What is your happy place? I can tell somebody till I’m blue in the face what works for me, but that is not necessarily going to work for them. I think it is a little trial by error. Move into it slowly and don’t spend a fortune on a sport that you may not like. Just take it slow and figure out what works for you. Learn to maximize your happiness quotient.
Are there any other hobbies that you have?
There are two things that I have not yet tried, and I am not sure if my wife will let me. The first one is a halo dive which means you have to have oxygen in front of Mount Everest at about thirty thousand feet. The second one I’ve tried to do is dive with great white sharks. We’ve actually flown across the country to San Francisco and met the boat. Weather conditions did not allow us to go on numerous occasions. I’d really love to get in a cage and witness a great white shark up close.
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