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Dave Dyc – a.k.a. Lucky, feels lucky to live on the ocean

by Don

The following is a brief profile of one of the interviewees in the upcoming book, Dream It, Live It, Love It. The full interview and insights gained by the author will be shared in the book to be published at a future date. To see future interviewee profiles via email and to stay updated on the status of the book, use the widget at to subscribe.

Dave Out on the Water

Dave Out on the Water

Dave Dyc is a 71 year old outrigger canoe paddler who splits his time between the shores of Santa Cruz, California and Hilo, Hawaii. Dave is a retired San Francisco firefighter who enjoyed swimming and surfing while growing up on the California beaches. A firefighter friend of his introduced him to his canoe club about 17 years ago, and Dave loved the solitude of paddling and the workout it gave him. While his friends call him “Lucky”, Dave has had hip, knee, and back surgeries, is missing a finger, and has only one eye, most of these injuries due to his demanding career as a firefighter. He considers himself lucky to have found an activity that has him out on the ocean nearly every day, where he enjoys the beautiful scenery and gets a great workout.

I just got back from vacation, climbing for a week in Rifle, Colorado. I had a wonderful time camping, climbing, and being surrounded by good climbers. I may focus my next blog post on my experience on vacation. Something different.

I’m pretty excited because I am closing in on a major milestone for my book based on 50 interviews with athletes over 50. I have completed 46 interviews as of today, and expect to complete my 50th interview this Friday 9/25! I did my first interview with Carl Bamforth, a distance in-line speedskater on May 25th, and will complete my 50th interview with Suzy Devers, a speedskater on September 26th. I will continue doing other interviews as opportunities come to talk to cool people doing cool things, but this is a MAJOR milestone. I want to thank all the athletes I’ve interviewed, and all the people who have been supportive of me over the past four months.

With the interviews winding down, my focus will shift to completing the editing of the interviews, analyzing the information in the interviews, drawing conclusions from the data, as well as pushing hard on the 50-k Active/Athlete Challenge. There are currently just over 100 people who have taken the Challenge, and the deadline I set to reach 50,000 (10/10/2010) is just over one year away. If you want to help me, please go to and register. It’s free and easy. Also, help me by spreading the word to everyone you know. I believe the 50-k Challenge will not only change many people’s lives, but also send a strong statement about the importance of taking our own health into our own hands. Health Reform versus Health Care Reform!

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