What a great read! Mr. Roll has a good style that kept me engaged throughout. I found myself getting swept up in the events, and getting nervous, even though I knew how they turned out! A great success story.
Near the top of its respective category. Good for fans of 'Born to Run' or 'Eat & Run'
Stopping mid way up a flight of stairs, looking at his sleeping daughter and realizing that he would not be around for her adulthood.
I sympathized with his rejection of traditional food labels, even 'vegetarian' or 'vegan.' Rather, he focuses on a plant-based diet. You can find your own health without anyone else telling you what you need.
Just the right length for a book of this kind. Plenty of practical advice regarding: nutrition, sports (swimming/running/biking), addiction, discipline, family, etc.
I appreciated the honest approach. He certainly accomplished some awesome things, but even in the midst of those accomplishments - he pauses to recognize personal flaws and regrets.
Such as... you can do awesome things, but if you never see your family - what is the point?
While the overall story is unquestionably laden with copious amounts of motivation and inner drive, the author/narrator's delivery is dry, emotionless, and spends the entire book without any fluctuation of pitch and tone. In the title of my review I compare the author/narrator to Ben Stein and I feel this is a tad harsh and even inaccurate. To clarify, this book makes me long for Ben Stein's delivery and style in which he speaks. I offer my sincerest apologies to Ben for this quick comparison, as he would have the listener readily choose him over the author/narrator.
I gave the story itself four stars, maybe I should have given it five, because the author's story is certainly worth telling and extremely motivational. However, I would steer clear of listening to this while running and instead save it for those restless nights where sleep evades you at every turn.
Best of luck to the author and I wish I wish him success in life's journeys.
Having been a competitive athlete, I found the book - overall - to be a worthy listen. It is Roll's journey to re-set his life, all within the context of 'righting the ship,' finding himself, and finding what works for him. Some of the ultra race narratives seem to go on a little longer than was frankly enjoyable, but the final chapters tied it all together as a manifesto and practical manual for addressing nutrition, performance, energy and optimal health. However it is not for everyone, although his enthusiasm and insights, candor and information, have led us to vastly reduce the amount of animal proteins in our diet, although the cheese stays ;)! I appreciated the story enough to pick up Roll's book "The Plant-Powered Diet" on kindle, and have recommended this book to others serious in their pursuit of optimal athletic performance.
A friend recommended this. I'm glad I got it. As an aspiring athlete this book is truly inspiring...helping me believe I can be a triathlete and breaking my paradigm about how to eat.
This is not a typical book for me. I still don't know why I picked up this book. I am glad I did. I have learned the pain of having the demon of alcoholism and learning it can be subdued, I have learned the power of self perseverence, and most important what to consider for a healthier food and nutritional intake that is based on results from an everyday person point of view. If you want to learn about this without being bored out of your skull, pick this book up
I loved Rich's story of becoming an endurance athlete and it certainly gave me inspiration to keep going with my own endurance athlete dreams. I see myself in him a bit as I too "go all in" but can only hope for his staying power.
Unfortunately his views on nutrition are somewhat questionable. Some of what he says is good - veganism and how to get there (little by little) but a lot of it is not supported by science or our best understanding in nutrition. I also hoped he would've touched upon the possible mistakes new vegans might make and how to avoid them.
Still I enjoyed my time with Rich on my long bike rides.