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Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself | [Rich Roll]

Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

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.

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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Juan Cruz Natick ma usa 03-18-13
    Juan Cruz Natick ma usa 03-18-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Rich is the men and this book will change you."
    Where does Finding Ultra rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is the most single piece of inspiration I hadn't listened so far, he made sense of everything and i would said most of us become RIch Roll after college not matter is you are alcoholic, drug addict, lazy, TV monster, etc..


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course RICH, without him it wouldn't be any story, but dont get me wrong the other guy that did the EPIC challenge with Rich is amazing too.


    What about Rich Roll’s performance did you like?

    He is the best and I wish the best to him and his family, I wish he would go to public TV and talk about his Journey. make sure he shows videos or photos of how he look before and after


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes I am eating or drinking more veggies than ever and of course because the book now I know how coconuts, avocado, algae, Brazil Nuts and mixed with sport can dramatically change your life.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy the audio book, is very inspiring specially for people after the 40' like me with a family, he made a point and that the real deal "I want to see my little kids growing and enjoy them" and they are a lots of work and energy consuming, so here we go change your diet workout and you will do it.

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    Christine new york, NY, United States 03-11-13
    Christine new york, NY, United States 03-11-13
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    "Great story - very motivational"

    I loved this story - very motivational and great reader. I really enjoyed it!

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    Matthew NEW CUMBERLAND, PA, United States 03-02-13
    Matthew NEW CUMBERLAND, PA, United States 03-02-13

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    "Listening to Rich can be boring, but..."
    What did you love best about Finding Ultra?

    I enjoyed listening to his story and the changes he made in his life; specifically going to a vegan diet and finding how it benefits his performance as an athlete. I am an ultra runner who is a vegetarian and moving towards vegan each day.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Finding Ultra?

    I don't want to give away my most memorable moment, might spoil it....


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    His expression is very flat! It was distracting at times and I had to really ignore his voice and listen to the story he was telling. I have listened to it twice, so it must not have been too awfully bad though!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't think so.


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    Jay Sydney, Australia 02-27-13
    Jay Sydney, Australia 02-27-13
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    "Inspiring!!"
    Where does Finding Ultra rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    An interesting book about Rich Rolls journey. Truly an awesome guy. I highly recommend checking out his podcast


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    B. P. Hoyer USA 02-26-13
    B. P. Hoyer USA 02-26-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Could not Complete"
    What disappointed you about Finding Ultra?

    The book reads like a shrine to Rich Roll. I expected a book on fitness and achieving something, which may be in there after the 7 hours of listening to Rich Roll tell you how many opportunities he ruined.


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    tom Philadelphia, PA, United States 02-24-13
    tom Philadelphia, PA, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    ""Pure Motivation""
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    This story is very compelling. An out of shape guy turning 40 changes his life becomes one of the fittest people in the world. It is a story about extremes. Rich Roll takes everything to extreme. After listening to this book I was motivated toward better health and the thought that the former athlete I used to be may still be in there somewhere. I started a modified plant based diet and feel great. I'll run my first marathon in May. This book inspired me to take action to better my life. For that its an absolute must listen. The author deciding to narrate himself sounds a little off at first but then you realize that nobody could tell this story better. The raw emotion, the ups and downs come across better when told by the person who lived it.

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    badgerfan 02-24-13
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    "Even non-athletes will be enthralled!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Finding Ultra to be better than the print version?

    Didn't compare


    What did you like best about this story?

    His open-hearted, unflinching honesty.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    His narration was great, didn't hinder the story at all.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yeah


    Any additional comments?

    You will be inspired!

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    Ryan JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 02-19-13
    Ryan JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 02-19-13
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    "Motivational and informative"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Finding Ultra to be better than the print version?

    Yes - hearing the author read his own story provides much more insight as to what he deems as important in his journey.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Finding Ultra?

    When Rich almost had a heart attack going up the stairs in his house and decided it was time to change.


    What about Rich Roll’s performance did you like?

    The reading was natural and smooth.


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    mlillizard 02-16-13
    mlillizard 02-16-13

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    "What an INSPIRATION Rich Roll is!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, most of my friends would enjoy an inspiring story as much as I do, did!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rich Roll! Close second is his support team, they were awsome as well.


    Have you listened to any of Rich Roll’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I'd never heard of him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but it did help me with my winter blahs...makes me realize how important finding ways to exercise is.


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    Nikki MINDEN, NEVADA, United States 02-14-13
    Nikki MINDEN, NEVADA, United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining and educational!"
    What did you love best about Finding Ultra?

    The passion and the mix of a story and dietary help.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Finding Ultra?

    His fight to finish.


    What does Rich Roll bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His personality


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Fighting back and finding peace


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