An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever
In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich. Plunging into a new way of eating that made processed foods off limits and prioritized plant nutrition and daily training, Rich morphed—in mere months—from out-of-shape midlifer to endurance machine. Ninety days into his physical overhaul, Rich left the house for a light jog and found himself running a near marathon. It was time to scale up his goals.
How many of us take up a sport at age forty and compete for the title of the world’s best within two years? Finding Ultra recounts Rich’s remarkable journey to the starting line of the elite Ultraman World Championship competition, which pits the world’s fittest humans against each other in a 320-mile ordeal of swimming, biking, and running. Following that test, Rich conquered an even greater one: the Epic5 Challenge—five Ironman-distance triathlons, each on a different Hawaiian island, all completed in less than a week.
This is more than an inside look at a series of jaw-dropping athletic feats or a practical training manual for those who would attempt a similar transformation. Yes, Rich’s account rivets and instructs, providing information that will be invaluable to anyone who wants to change their physique; but this book is most notable as a powerful testament to human resiliency, for as we learn early on, Rich’s life has posed numerous physical and social challenges, including a fierce battle with alcoholism.
Ultimately Finding Ultra is a beautifully written portrait of what willpower can accomplish. It challenges us to rethink what we’re capable of and urges us, implicitly and explicitly, to “go for it.”
©2012 Richard David Roll (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“You walk away from reading this book knowing you have the total power to transform your life on every level…Roll is immensely likeable, a most compelling storyteller, and a true shaman of health and fitness!” (Kathy Freston, New York Times best-selling author)
“Rich Roll’s Finding Ultra is a testament to the power of the human spirit to overcome any obstacle, break down walls, and redefine what's possible.” (John Brenkus, creator and host of ESPN’s Sport Science and New York Times best-selling author)
“I loved this. A rare book, unusual for its honesty and willingness to bare all, that really does deserve such superlatives as ‘riveting’ and ‘compelling.’ I was moved by watching Roll conquer his demons and felt privileged to share in his eventual enlightenment. By laying it on the line, Roll absolutely wins us over.” (Rip Esselstyn, New York Times best-selling author)
Rich is obviously a driven individual and his story is encouraging to those of use who have let ourselves down in our forties. However, it preaches vegan ruthlessley and the product plaements are all too obvious.
If fact it's more about his running mate than him. Without his training partner he would have given up several times I reckon. Still, he manages to pull through several sticky moments by himself.
Inspiring, Mad, Preaching
Yes, the book wants to make you change your life.
Rich Roll just his sheer determination, courage and stength
Just hearing him speak his own story is motivating
Totally fantastic if you want to change your life just go for it and listen to this amazing story.
each has advantages and disadvantages. The lists of foods etc is more accessible in the kindle version as search in the audio book is too hard.
There is only really the one character as its an autobiography.
Willingness to break with the traditional nutrition ideas.
No - too long to really do this.
another example of the need to sell a bundle consisting of the ebook(kindle) and audible edition.
it motivates me to start running. It moves.
feel great and go out to run a mile at once.
very poor narrator. terrible.I almost quit during the first ten minutes.
Its up there among the books I have listened to. I do listen to a wide variety of stuff and this held my interest all the way through.
How Rich turned himself from an excessive drinker, over weight and lazy into such a great runner.
no. I like to listen to this when I am trail running.
Inspirational and real.
It was just boring. I discovered the world of audio books a few months ago and loved it. This book is the first I could not listen to all the way through.
Rich was not the person to read this. His voice was a bit monotone and began to irritate me. Also, while ultra books usually are motivating, the only motivation I got from this one was to finish.
No, I love inspirational books and am seldom bored or disappointed.
Not sure what would help. It was just boring...
Get a new narrator.
Absolutely recommended! So good, I'm listening to it a second time! Rich's story has actually inspired me to change my own behavior.
What Rich describes as "the run" was clearly a pivotal moment for him.
Rich's story is truly inspirational! From couch to Marathon in only 6 months?!
I had no problems with Mr. Roll's narration, unlike some listeners. He has an interesting life story, well told. His story was not easy for me to relate to & he certainly was pretty extreme. He was candid with his more unlike able characteristics but with, perhaps, a predictable effect that I found him, ultimately unlike able. I don't mean to slam this one. I listened to the whole story with enthusiasm. Hard to relate to is perhaps my best synopsis.
I really like that the author is telling his own story... With emotion.
He had great emotion in all the right places.
The book is exactly what the title says. It is worth the listen to, if nothing else it will make you think about your life choices. But if... You are looking for a how to book, for a middle age man to re-create himself... this is not it. This book is how Rich did it, like I said it is worth the listen. Happy listening.
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