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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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    ChargingDC NY 01-17-16
    ChargingDC NY 01-17-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Excellent Book "

    Rich's story is both riveting and inspiring. He does a terrific job in narrating the book. My only issues with it were the diet part (preachy) and the exhausting details of his races. But all told, this was an excellent book.

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    Aaron 12-28-15
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    "loved it!"

    great story, intresting character and motivational. I read this and 3 years on i have lost 50lbs and went from barely being able to walk up a flight of stairs to running ultimate marothons! thank you Rich Roll!

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    Alicia Phoenix, AZ 12-20-15
    Alicia Phoenix, AZ 12-20-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Ultra inspiring"

    This book catapulted my love for plant based nutrition into another stratosphere. The author is engaging and his story is captivating. I would definitely give it a read if you are looking for inspiration in any area of life!

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    Jase 11-21-15
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    "Awesome and Inspiring!"

    This book came along at a perfect time for me and I can't think the author enough. More than just about culture marathon training, inspiration for anyone, especially those approaching or in their 40s. It's inspired me to be healthier go for more and definitely to take on my health

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    "more than worth the read..."

    Interesting insight into the life of an alcoholic, along with the journey that lead him to sobriety. Equally impressive was the fitness/motivation aspect of the story. Bottom line within a few days of being into this book I found myself making significant lifestyle changes.....

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    michael 10-09-15
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    "Whine of the year."

    Rich has whiney voice. Kept on listening hoping he would stop whining and it would get better. Started off as a whine in the preface and kept right on whining. Why so many people think this is good is bewildering. The 1 good point I saw, exercise at Z2 (I read Sally Edwards probably around 1982 as her hr2) Mercola as diet guru? He must be kidding. Don't bother reading this as many better around. Probably good advertisement for his supplements though.

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    Elim Garak 09-13-15
    Elim Garak 09-13-15

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    "Motivating Book and Amazing Accomplishment"
    Would you listen to Finding Ultra again? Why?

    Yes, to be motivated by the dedication and drive Rich and his friend Jason had in this quest and to support each other.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was extremely s.l.o.w.... I played most of the book at 1.5 to 2x the speed. Rich speaks very slowly and personally 1.5 sounded like a more motivated pace. The play time is no where near the 9 hours.


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    Travis 09-12-15
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    "First half is better then the second"

    First half is better then the second, that pretty much sums it up. It is motivating though.

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    "Incredible story of human achievement!"

    This was one of the best sports psychology books I have ever read/listened to! What an amazing story of emotional, mental, and physical fitness. Awesome job Rich you are a true American Badass!

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    Amazon Customer 08-12-15

    Web Application Developer, Husband, Father, trying to live a life that will make my corner of the world a little brighter and happier.

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    "Inspiring account"

    I enjoyed the story and picked up several nuggets of information that will benefit my health and improve my training. Great book.

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