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.
I like memoirs in general, and this one did not disappoint, although it was a bit of a treatise on veganism. To do what he did after 40 is quite inspirational. The narration was a little slow, but I listened at 1.25, problem solved. The last chapter where he's outlining his specific diet and petitioning the reader (once again) to give up meat and dairy and what to replace it, and not replace it with, within a whole-foods plant-based diet, got a little long and recipe sounding. Although if I were to adopt his plan, it would be valuable to have a hard copy of the book, so as to be able to use some of these recipes. That part went on a little too long to remain interesting to listen to, but overall, the book is inspiring simply for the feats he is able to accomplish in mid-life, and I didn't feel that it came across as too self-aggrandizing.
I'm giving this book 4 stars, mostly because at the very end he gives some very specific and practical nutrition information and advice. He even mentions some brand names, which a lot of authors seem hesitant to do, but which I find very helpful.
“Five years from today, you will be the same person that you are today, except for the books you read and the people you meet.” C. Jones
The book ranks very high for me because it is a very interesting story and listening to stories is always fun. In this case, it is both informative and inspiring to know what is possible.
There is a part where Rich talks about surrendering to something greater, at the moment when continuing seems impossible. Wow.
No, this is my first.
Rich doesn't know that you can't turn world class athlete from a couch potato in your 40s, so he does it anyway. His secret weapon? Grit and plant based food.
I don't agree with everything the author wrote, but his message is a healthy one and very compelling. Then again nobody agrees about everything. Great listen and very well narrated. Great job.