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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.”

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.


©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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    James SARASOTA, FL, United States 07-01-13
    James SARASOTA, FL, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rich Roll?

    Any professional actor. He had no emotion, no inflection, nochange in timbre , nothing to pull the listener in.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this book would be about how to achieve Ultra---in fitness and in life. Instead, it was a long, drawn out monologue of how great the author was, and how he was able to show up those who didn't believe in him in the past. A good book to listen to if you need to take a nap.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy Fort Collins, CO, United States 06-20-13
    Stacy Fort Collins, CO, United States 06-20-13
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    "Inspiring!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how Rich turned his life around from drinking and then from poor diet near his 40's and then went on to become an ultraman on a plant based diet. His determination and perseverance was truly inspiring! Listening to this has truly continued to motivate me to want to achieve my greatness in life and my fitness goals. Thank you!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    River Holmes-miller Fort Collins, CO 03-30-13
    River Holmes-miller Fort Collins, CO 03-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    What would have made Finding Ultra better?

    A credible story would have made this book better. A highly skilled athlete, the author's continued surprise at his own success strained credibility. And did so over and over.


    What could Rich Roll have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book would have been more enjoyable had the author not pretended to be an everyman, average Joe, but owned up to his athletic prowess.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rich Roll’s performances?

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Finding Ultra?

    Each and every time when -- "Wow, really?" the author happened to win a major athletic competition. I just didn't buy his schtick.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Phong Sydney, Australia 03-28-13
    Phong Sydney, Australia 03-28-13 Member Since 2001

    I am an entrepreneur in the finance industry and a prolific reader, being a serious listener since 2001

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    "Hands Down, My favorite Audio book !"
    Where does Finding Ultra rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to this book, time and time again. It entertains me,It motivates me and it teaches me. Rich captivates the audience by portraying his life, in its highest and darkest moments. What did it for me was his honesty in sharing his information and insights from his unique perspective. Don't hesitate for a second, in buying this book. It has positively changed my outlook on, sports, endurance and health forever.


    What other book might you compare Finding Ultra to and why?

    Born to run, and Eat and run, they share similar characteristics as this novel, however out of the 3 Finding Ultra is by far my favourite


    What about Rich Roll’s performance did you like?

    Rich, acts out in different voices to better portray the characters in his story. Even Rich's colloquialisms allow the audience to really get a feel of who he is. After reading the book, I felt as If I knew Rich, despite never meeting him in my life.


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

    This book has released my ignorance of the foods I eat, after reading this I realized how many processed junk food I actually consume. Although I am not vegan, I take Rich's underlying principals to better my current diet.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is incredibly: powerful, entertaining and informative. So if you want to be swept off your feet and be taken on a journey, plug it in and read it !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. V. Waldorf 03-25-13

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    "Wonderfully honest account..."

    of recovery and super achievement. The plant based diet only adds to the unbelievable self transformation Mr Roll completed. Amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Juan Cruz Natick ma usa 03-18-13
    Juan Cruz Natick ma usa 03-18-13 Listener Since 2006

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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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    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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    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    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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