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)
top 20.But I've got a lot so that's pretty good.
Rich.It's about him so who else?
I can relate as I'm sure many can.Athletic talent taking a back seat to partying and drinking.Not saying that is bad per se as maybe partying is more gratifying to many.Athletic fanaticism has a high price too.Truth is,most aren't as lucky to do anything even close to this at a late age without debilitating injury.Still,it is definitely inspiring that Rich had enough of drinking(he was undoubtedly out of control)and despite the challenges,did a 180 with his life and did something truly incredible.How their bodies took that is amazing.If you're ripe for a change in your life,be it athletic or not, i am sure it will inspire you to act.It is definitely extremes in life and balance would be better imo but many,myself included ,tend to be all or nothing.Drink a lot,or not at all.Eat poorly or very disciplined.Exercise a lot,or not at all.I guess you could call that an addictive personality.It is what it is so you might as well accept it and work with it.I don't feel he was too self indulgent as some reviewers implied.Doing that would require extreme commitment and his family was behind him.I also believe you have to live YOUR life and while you shouldn't shun your responsibilities,you have to do what is right for you,and also allow others to do what is right for them.Living someone else's life or wanting them to live your life ain't cool.
yep.I did it in 2 days which is rare for me.
I would buy it again.
I am middle aged and a want to be healthy. After listening to this book I have become a vegan and have lost 30 lbs in 2 months. I ran marathons before but now I run with purpose.
Everything! changing what you eat changes what you can become. It's all about discipline and direction.
He was great as himself. Wouldn't have worked if he hd someone read it for him
It motivated me to be self centered about my health and who I really am
Yes but it would be helpful to have the charts in the end of the book that allows you to see the nutrients in the diet.
He uses great expression when reading that allows you to feel like part of the story
There is no other way I can rate this audiobook. The book itself is life transforming, and read by the author takes on a depth of sincerity that brought tears to my eyes more than once. Time limits my ability to write a review lengthy enough to do "Finding Ultra" justice. Suffice it to say that if you are looking for a book to inspire you and possibly guide you to a quantum leap in athletic performance and a transformation into a better human being, this is one that you'll be reading or listening to soon. I highly recommend the audiobook version.
In addition to this are two others that I have begun to listen to that are beneficial in similar ways, they are "Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall and "Eat and Run" by Scott Jurek.
I hope you all find that 'something' we are all looking for.
Highly recommend if you enjoy inspiring autobiographies. The book is read by the author and his delivery style is occasionally a little dry, but other times his wry humor comes through in a really funny way. I've enjoyed it and it certainly makes you feel like its never too late to get fit!
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
If you serious about fitness, performance or just getting your act together, this book will help. Rich Roll is an inspirational man who with the help of his family and friends achieved what I would say is unbelievable. Great book even if you are not into ultra performance sport. As for the vegan diet, that is not me, but his case is compelling.
I enjoyed the way that he read it.
I like the story but was most interested in the "how to". At times i thought the story went on a bit long but it was probably to get part of the point across.
Great voice and inflection to keep me entertained
Inspired me to eat better and keep exploring ways to follow my passions while balancing the rest of life.
This book was recommended to me several times (probably because I choose a vegan lifestyle) and I found it to be an inspirational book. It was an easy listen and is a story that will hopefully solidify the fact that we need to take better care of ourselves.
I would if it were specific to physical transformation and not so much an autobiography. His feat is amazing and should be acknowledged, but better writing would have made the story more gripping.
His voice was a bit deadpan.
Near the top
I didn't read the book so I don't know but I did listen to it and it was inspiring.
No, I needed to break away and find out how I was going to make the changes in my life I had to make. I was not very far away from it though.
I loved it. It finally got me off my duff and showed me how to change my 70 pound, overweight, sedentary self into someone who now feels much better physically and great mentally (lost 25 pounds and can actually run a mile.) Thanks Rich Roll.
I came to the book looking for a guide to get me off the couch and running.. I didn't get that at all, what i got was far more. If this guy can turn his life around then anyone can. It's about human spirit and the love and support of others. I lost 20lbs while running and listening to this book as i just didn't want to stop running as it meant my time with the book for the day would be over.
"Wow... This is an incredible listen. I loved it!"
I have recently listened to Rich Roll's book on Finding Ultra and it has been an inspiring and incredible journey for me to listen to the down's then up's of a man who conpletely reshaped his life. I am trying to emulate only 1% of what this book oozes and that should really improve my life. It is amazing. I have recommended it to so many people I know. Even my wife wanted to listen to it after a couple of days. A great read and even better to be narrated by the author himself. A great true story which will inspire the near 40 man to get off the idea that he is past his best. I hope to improve myself after this. Thanks Rich. Rock and Roll
The college years are funny and I thought how much it affected his life. The transformation into an Ultra athlete has been inspiring.
Think your'e over the hill? Life's only just begun. Get on your bike...
Brilliant, loved it. A superb read. Rich made a brilliant contribution by reading the book himself. It made such a difference.
"Great running partner...."
found myself listening to a few extra minutes of Rich's inspirational story whenever i had a few minutes free. Great story, well read and a great accompaniment to morning runs.
"Inspirational, even for non-runners"
I'm not a keen runner, never have been and I might never be. Nor am I a vegan and probably never will be. Doesn't sound like much of an advert for a book about a vegan ultra runner, does it? But whilst Rich makes it clear how he's benefited from heading what can only be described as 'all the way' down both of those paths, he doesn't force either of them on the listener. He's very honest about the stark realities that led him to make those choices and he describes, with retrospective passion, how the changes he made to the way he fuelled and strengthened his middle-aged body have improved his overall health and well-being. Oh, and they have helped him to achieve feats of epic athletic prowess that only handfuls of people will ever come close to. So while neither long distance running (cycling or swimming) nor giving up steak are for me, listening to this book did help inspire me towards making some significant lifestyle changes. Putting my head back in charge of my diet - a key message I took from this book - helped me to lose 40% of my bodyweight and become a healthy weight for the first time in my adult life. And for that I'll be eternally grateful to Rich and his inspirational story.
A lovely book, i found at times it could be a little slow,however did enjoy the last parts immensly where Rich was undertaking the ultra triathlons. i would definitely recommend this book.
This is an incredible, inspirational book.
The author is refreshingly honest and 'puts it all out there'. You feel involved and as though you are on the journey with him.
A great read/ listen!
No. I had been wanting to read this book for a long time as my husband has been wanting to get fit and I thought it sounded inspiring. However I felt the narration was monotonous and boring. I stuck it out until the end but it was a hard slog a bit like Rich Rolls ultra man challenges. There seemed to be a lot of unnecessary detail about his school days which seemed to go on and on until I got to the information I wanted to find out - how he got fit, what he ate etc. But it was all read with such a dull voice, even when he had achieved his goals there seemed to no excitement in his voice. I do admire his achievements though they were very impressive. I would have liked to know how his wife felt being stuck at home with the kids on a budget while Rich Roll continued to seek the next challenge, never seeming to be satisfied.
Eat more healthily
Rich Roll has an addictive personality ...... for swimming, then for alcohol, then for fast food and then, finally, for immense physical challenges and uber fitness... along with an almost religious-like conversion to a plant-based diet. However, all of it is credible seeing as he comes from the land where you can find extremes of anything. My daughter is a competitive swimmer doing hours of training each week, so I could really relate to the beginning of his story when he spent hours in the pool each week. I'm not quite a couch potato but I do have food issues and I found this story compelling listening. I listened to this book when I was out on a power walk, or on one of my early morning bike rides and it really inspired me. Rich has also made me want to take a step towards a meatless (or rather less meat) lifestyle and I do believe it is going to be one of those books that will change my life.
The narration (by Rich himself) isn't the best, but it isn't irritating either.
Excellent book, I was initially put off by the remarks about product placement, but he just mentions his vitamix blender a few times and some other brands, but it`s more like if a friend casually mentioned them to you than selling them. Certainly inspirational and some excellent information about a subject I thought I knew a fair bit about, but he`s certainly done more research into the field than most people.
"Enjoyable, Despite the Product Peddling"
While I did enjoy this book it was nearly spoiled by some really clumsy hawking of products, both the authors own and some of his sponsor's. We get it, Vitamix blenders are amazing!
Despite the product placements and a slightly jumpy narrative I do recommend this book to anyone looking for an inspiring story or a motivational kick to their own health and fitness.
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