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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.

Critic Reviews

“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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Compelling and Impactful

I'm not an ultra-runner, just a middle-aged mother of 4 who has run a few marathons (awhile ago). But I found great inspiration from the author's story of growing up bullied without self-confidence who then found a passion and a self-worth through swimming. Soon he was introduced to alcohol which turned his life upside down and he almost lost everything. I loved how Rich found his way back to building his life to conquer impossible goals and now through helping others. I loved the appendix with his diet and how a vegan could triumph through the epic challenge of 5 Ironmans in one week. I read this book over a few days because I couldn't put it down.

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a very nice memoir

A very nice memoir telling the story of how Rich grew up, struggled, succeeded and grew throughout his life. Normally i worry when the author is also the speaker for an audoo book, but he did a great job, and i enjoyed listening.

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  • Rob
  • Puerto Vallarta
  • 09-30-17

Boring, poorly written and self-absorbed

This is just another book about an average guy with an average life who overcame problems many people have. The author possibly wanted to save money by reading it himself, big mistake. They have professional people doing this for a reason. I tried, really tried to make it through the book and finally had to give up after six chapters. My dog has lived a much more interesting life. This will be the first time I will ask for a refund

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Motivation

This is a great book to motivate you to turn your life in a healthy direction.

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great listen

Great listen! He catches your attention right off the bat and keeps it for the duration.

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A Little Preachy

As far as fitness biographies go, this book is pretty good. The only drawback is around halfway through he starts getting a bit preachy and sales-y about “plant-power” and keeps mentioning his plant-based sports drink. It isn’t too bad, but it gets a little old after a while when he keeps bringing it up.

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Inspiring!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It lagged just a bit in the last phase (too much in the islands), but the message is wonderful.

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great read great listen

rich knows how to relate to anyone who wants to learn to push their limits in any life situation.

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A good blueprint to follow

The book may seem like Rich is an overnight success but there were many years to the build-up of where he is now. Which proves that as long as you stay dedicated and persistent and consistent then we all can reach greatness. I really enjoyed the nutritional heart of this book he goes into great detail to lay out a blue print they can be followed with ease. Rich does a great job at narrating the book, I highly recommended It

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Inspiring and informative

His in depth personal story is compelling and is woven well into the information about nutrition and endurance athletics. I also enjoyed how he describes in detail his everyday use of a plant powered diet. Since watching the film, What the Health and listening to this book, my husband and I have to switched to a vegan diet and feel terrific. It's been a month but no plans to stop and this book showed how it's doable and so worth it.

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  • Anon.
  • 09-17-14

Great - but missing key information...

What disappointed you about Finding Ultra?

No appendices as referred to within the book (including all of the resources on the diet).

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  • Ilze
  • 07-08-14

Great, inspiring and helpful

What made the experience of listening to Finding Ultra the most enjoyable?

I liked that Rich himself was reading the book

What was one of the most memorable moments of Finding Ultra?

The moment when during the race he fell into the state of self realisation

What does Rich Roll bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His tone of voice hlps better to understand the emotions described in the story

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Great book and authors courage to expose his life story in a way it's done. It serves to many now.

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  • Sarah
  • 07-07-14

Great Motivation for Runners.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The story is really all about the author, Rich Roll. His journey into running and his life story is fascinating. As the story starts its seems doubtful he will end up as an ultra athlete. But as the stories progresses, the bits start to fit together, and the result actually makes sense for his personality.

Any additional comments?

I selected this book as I searching for inspiration/motivation for training for a half marathon. This book is excellent for this. It also is full of information on diet and training, which although may not suit everyone is still of great interest to anyone interested in nutrition and training.

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  • Mrs
  • 02-22-14

excellent book

If you could sum up Finding Ultra in three words, what would they be?

inspirational, riveting, happy

What did you like best about this story?

the humanity of it, just kept me wanting to listen more

Have you listened to any of Rich Roll’s other performances? How does this one compare?

na

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

lots

Any additional comments?

Great Book. would like more

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  • ganiyu
  • 02-16-14

A catalyst for change

Where does Finding Ultra rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10

What was one of the most memorable moments of Finding Ultra?

Epic 5

What didn’t you like about Rich Roll’s performance?

Dreary and unprofessional narration at times.

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

This book has served as a catalyst for changing my life.

Any additional comments?

Buy it.

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  • Ray
  • 02-11-14

Main focus is vegan smoothies.

Would you try another book written by Rich Roll or narrated by Rich Roll?

Doubt it.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The whole book was quite disappointing in that the main focus was on calories and very little for the spirit.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Some personal events but these were few and far between.

Could you see Finding Ultra being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No the title is misleading and was not the book I thought it would be so therefore would be a poor film if based on book and not title.

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  • Mark
  • 01-09-14

A Great Story

I can only have admiration for Rich Roll after listening to this great audiobook. If you're a runner or triathlete then this is for you. If you're a vegan, an alcoholic, ex druggie or whatever then this book is for you too. Recommended.

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  • Lakeskip
  • 04-09-13

Maybe a bit Hollywood...

I cannot deny I liked this book, his narration maybe doesn't suit as he does drawl a bit, but on the whole I had no problem finishing it and I do not regret buying it. My initial interest was the vegan athlete bit and it does read as it says on the cover. It is an interesting, if not a bit 'Hollywood' story. I'm still dithering over one of the super blenders he mentions.....

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  • H. Bacon
  • 01-19-13

Didn't enjoy this one bit unfortunately

I really struggled with this one. I've listened to quite a few running books now and usually enjoy them, but this one I couldn't get through. I got used to the poor narration, but then struggled to buy in to what he was saying. He describes his life like a movie, with all the drama that one might see on screen. However, I've fallen off my bike several times and not once had the crystal-clear experience as he describes - neither for any of my mates. I'm also vegan and again, my experience really doesn't accord with how he portrays his. Finally, I simply couldn't buy **spoiler alert** that a fat man with only a few short runs under his belt (as described by him) then went out and ran 24 miles in 4 hours on a hot and dusty trail run, without any food/water and no ill effects or soreness whatsoever. Far be it from me to say whether he's embellishing, or not, but I simply couldn't listen to it. Either he's a fat couch potato or he isn't, but it is far from inspiring to hear stories I can't believe. If you like the Andy Holgate Ironman book, then this is that but with the volume turned up to 20. Not for me, but clearly has it's fans.

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  • David
  • 01-08-13

Fabulous listen

Funny, heartwarming & intense. A great story by a very inspirational guy. Some motivational tips on both running and nutrition too.