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.
“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)
The book was exactly as expected. Great stories of how alcoholism can sneak up on you, and an even better story about how he became an endurance athlete. He talks a lot about his diet and a bit about his training- but mainly about his life story. I am glad that I made the purchase.
Highly recommend this book to any endurance athlete as well as just anyone. Rich does a great job and it makes you want to eat better and perform at a higher more intense scale.
The most engaging, inspirational and motivating sports/endurance/life book since 'Born to Run'. Wanted to listen to is again from start to finish as soon as I got to the end. Rich Roll is a total legend!
Loved the first half of the book. The story of how he battled his demons and became one of the fittest men. Lost a little steam during the telling of the 5 Iron Man on 5 islands. Good tips in the appendix. love Rich Roll. His Podcast is the BEST.
Very inspiring story. Even better hearing Rich tell the story in his own voice. Looking forward to the cookbook this summer
I really enjoyed this book, I've been a fan of his podcast for years. I avoided reading since I had read books like eat and run but this one was much appreciated.
Listened to the first five chapters on a long drive home today. Put on my running shoes the second I walked in the door and ran 20 miles for the first time ever. So inspirational.
The narrative was fine. It brought a real life struggle to the book. I loved the honesty that came from statements of self-realization. "I live my life in the excess, it's the only way it works for me." And of course, " I was acting like a jerk, totally exhausted and thinking only of the goal and myself as I broke the #1 rule and left my partners." I felt as though I was brought along with him during his whole life, through the good and the bad. Great listen, when I had to stop, I couldn't wait to get back and hear more.
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