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)
Yes, I've recommended it to just about everyone I work with, as well as my entire family, and all my friends. I even bought a copy for the impressive library of my CEO.
Rich is the best, but he's also surrounded by amazing athletes, so it's a close one.
This is the only one I've heard. He is perfect, because it's HIS story. I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much if it were read by anyone else!
I did. I listened to it in less than 3 days. I will listen to it again soon!
Keep up the great work, and I hope there is a 2nd book! I'm now training seriously for my first tri. Something I thought before that I could never do. Now it's a goal I have in sight, and I'm doing it.
Hi, I'm an alumi of NYU and I'm also huge into MMA. I love books I read a lot and review the stand outs. I'll give you guys the goods.
I'm really into MMA and other combat sports, so I was a little hesitant to buy this book. I mean what could a triathlete possibility teach me about getting into shape? Long story short I couldn't have been more wrong this book really opened my eyes to how to eat and train differently. Me and Rich might be into different sports, but the man will teach you how important a diet is to your training. In addition, another bit of gold I learn from this book was how an Alkaline diet can reduce your stress levels. Is this book a BUY , TRY, OR PASS? This Book is a solid BUY.
Yes, There is valuable information in this book.
I enjoyed the whole story. I especially like the end of the book where he goes into detail about a vegetarian lifestyle.
It was nice hearing Mr. Roll tell his own story.
I just switched over to a vegetarian lifestyle and am training for my first marathon. This book has given me a good kick in the behind.
I really enjoyed this book. This book has shown me that my lifestyle change from couch potato to active vegetarian was a great choice. This book has helped me with some nutrition knowledge for my change, and has an amazing story to go along with it. I think I will be ordering The "Jai Seed cook book" next. Thanks Mr. Roll for this wonderful book I wish you luck with future competitions.
I loved this book and couldn't stop listening. I feel motivated to go beyond my comfort zone after reading Finding Ultra. An amazing man with an terrific story to tell.
I think I will end up buying the print edition of this book in addition to the audio version so I can refer to the info regarding plant based eating and endurance training.
This book is inspiring, engaging, open and honest. I can't wait to read more about or by Rich Roll
The diet he pushes is Vegan. Nicely, he ditches the politics, but if you can't go that route, which the true believers just don't get everyone cannot do (soy is just terrible on many systems), it's not gonna work for you. He attributes his success almost exclusively to his diet. Which leaves the story.
The publishers should really consider editing down the alcoholism part which is depressing, and way out of proportion to its value to the story. Yes, he abused himself, he is an addict, we get it. Now he is addicted to endurance sports...Surprise!
Normally I hate abridged versions, but editing this down to a short sports adventure bio for would be Vegans would lead to better reviews.
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The narration was awful, no emotion in his voice, Maybe because he is "vegan" he has no energy to talk! very sleepy and tired voice. I wasted my credit on this book because I wanted to get a motivation to exercise and eat better but with the narrator voice I just wanted to go to sleep and never wake up !!!
It seems the autor found new addiction, "extreem sport" good for him, feel sorry for his family.
Yes, but listening to this narration will not inspire anyone. Monotone and worse than listening to your doctor give a lecture on endoscopy.
I'll update as the book goes on if I can listen to this for very long.
The story of change and some of the nutritional information was worth it for the 1st half of the book. The lack of enthusiasm in the performance made the book hard for me to finish. In fact, completing this book ranks up there with the determination that it has taken me to become a marathoner and triathlete. If you want to hear an uninspiring story about how great he is and the amazing things that he has done and all of the trouble he went through to become this awesome person followed by how incredible it is to be him but how hard it was and on and on and on and on, this is the book for you.
His voice and lack of enthusiasm.
This was a good book on becoming an endurance athlete. I found some useful training tips to take from the author's history.
More on his training and competing would have been better and less on his debauched period.
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