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)
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..
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
I don't want to give away my most memorable moment, might spoil it....
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!
I don't think so.
An interesting book about Rich Rolls journey. Truly an awesome guy. I highly recommend checking out his podcast
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.
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.
His open-hearted, unflinching honesty.
His narration was great, didn't hinder the story at all.
You will be inspired!
Yes - hearing the author read his own story provides much more insight as to what he deems as important in his journey.
When Rich almost had a heart attack going up the stairs in his house and decided it was time to change.
The reading was natural and smooth.
mlilllizard, 51 year old divorced female from OK
Yes, most of my friends would enjoy an inspiring story as much as I do, did!
Rich Roll! Close second is his support team, they were awsome as well.
No. I'd never heard of him.
No, but it did help me with my winter blahs...makes me realize how important finding ways to exercise is.
The passion and the mix of a story and dietary help.
His fight to finish.
Fighting back and finding peace
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