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Finding Ultra Audiobook

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

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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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    Myles 06-12-15
    Myles 06-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Powerful Rich Roll"

    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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    Donald Wingler 06-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Alcoholism to Ultra"

    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.

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    Max 06-01-15
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    "Wondeful read! Can't wait to get started with Plant Power."

    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.

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    Lucy 05-28-15
    Lucy 05-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Inspirational"

    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!

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    Brigham 05-17-15
    Brigham 05-17-15
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    "Great story and content, rough reading"

    If you can push passed the monotonous tone of his voice, it is a really well written story. The first few chapters are optional IMHO.

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    Bilbo 04-23-15
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    "inspiring and educational"

    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.

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    L. Nakajima san francisco 04-20-15
    L. Nakajima san francisco 04-20-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Rich is my vegan superhero"

    Very inspiring story. Even better hearing Rich tell the story in his own voice. Looking forward to the cookbook this summer

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    "Great book"

    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.

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    Christian Wallace 04-06-15
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    "Rich is a modern day hero!"

    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.

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    AAS Boston, MA 04-03-15
    AAS Boston, MA 04-03-15

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    "Inspirational"

    This book was the perfect thing to listen to during marathon training. Rich' calming voice and inspirational story had me running extra miles!

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