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.”
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©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 came along at a perfect time for me and I can't think the author enough. More than just about culture marathon training, inspiration for anyone, especially those approaching or in their 40s. It's inspired me to be healthier go for more and definitely to take on my health
Interesting insight into the life of an alcoholic, along with the journey that lead him to sobriety. Equally impressive was the fitness/motivation aspect of the story. Bottom line within a few days of being into this book I found myself making significant lifestyle changes.....
Rich has whiney voice. Kept on listening hoping he would stop whining and it would get better. Started off as a whine in the preface and kept right on whining. Why so many people think this is good is bewildering. The 1 good point I saw, exercise at Z2 (I read Sally Edwards probably around 1982 as her hr2) Mercola as diet guru? He must be kidding. Don't bother reading this as many better around. Probably good advertisement for his supplements though.
Yes, to be motivated by the dedication and drive Rich and his friend Jason had in this quest and to support each other.
The narration was extremely s.l.o.w.... I played most of the book at 1.5 to 2x the speed. Rich speaks very slowly and personally 1.5 sounded like a more motivated pace. The play time is no where near the 9 hours.
This was one of the best sports psychology books I have ever read/listened to! What an amazing story of emotional, mental, and physical fitness. Awesome job Rich you are a true American Badass!
Web Application Developer, Husband, Father, trying to live a life that will make my corner of the world a little brighter and happier.
I enjoyed the story and picked up several nuggets of information that will benefit my health and improve my training. Great book.
Really great story. Impressed and inspired by what Rich was able to do after 40! Great motivation for me.
Love that the author chose to read his own book. Really adds to the authenticity. Shows how invested and passionate he is in his own book and story.
However Richs voice sometimes lack energy and pep which makes it tough to listen to while running. I need a little more get up and go. Many times I find myself needing to give myself a mental kick in the butt to run faster after I noticed I've been lulled into dragging my feet and running far too slowly.
But still Rich has my respect. Looking forward to see what lies ahead of him.
Rich shows how anyone can go from an overweight middle aged couch potato to tone of the fittest men on earth by taking control of your health and shunning the standard American diet.
Just finished. Really happy I purchased this book. Not only has this book got me running the most I ever have before, but it answered many of the common questions about a plant based diet, and I've recently cut out animal products.
I also highly recommend buying the physical copy of Rich's new book, "The Plant Power Way".
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