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Publisher's Summary

Finding Ultra is Rich Roll's incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever.

One cool evening in October 2006, the night before he was to turn 40, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly 50 pounds overweight at the time and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he could see where his current sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Plunging into a new way of eating that made processed foods off-limits and prioritized plant nutrition and daily training, Rich morphed - in a matter of mere months - from out-of-shape midlifer to endurance machine. Ninety days into his physical overhaul, Rich left the house to embark on a light jog and found himself running a near marathon. It was time to scale up his goals.

Finding Ultra recounts Rich's remarkable journey to 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.

But this is much more than an edge-of-the-seat look at a series of jaw-dropping athletic feats and much more than a practical training manual for those who would attempt a similar transformation. Yes, Rich's account rivets, and yes, it 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 childhood posed numerous physical and social challenges, and his early adulthood featured a fierce battle with alcoholism.

Ultimately, Finding Ultra is a beautifully written portrait of what willpower can accomplish. It challenges all of us to rethink what we're capable of and urges us, implicitly and explicitly, to go for it.

This revised and updated edition of Finding Ultra includes a new and original foreword, a bonus chapter, and updated resources.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 Rich Roll (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Underdog He Is Not

In the beginning of this book, Finding Ultra, Rich Roll tries so hard to make himself out to be an underdog. Calling Rich Roll an underdog is like calling Warren Buffet an average investor.

He's an Ivy League swimmer and says on one of his first college swim meets he was hung over, but still got 2nd place. Or he didn't apply himself in college, but still got mostly Bs. Or passing on Harvard instead going to Stanford. One point in the book he's like because I didn't really know what else to do went to law school at freaking Cornell mind you, then got a job at a NY Law Firm then later became an entertainment lawyer, and finally got into endurance racing. He tries to dramatize everything and even tries to sound like an underdog.

At his heaviest he was around 207 I believe (At 5′ 11″ that's not that very big by modern standards) and once he beats addiction goes into endurance racing and places very well pretty much immediately. The book is like a 400 page humble brag, but even though some of it annoyed me I did really enjoy this book and learned a lot. Especially about what it takes to live your life at a very high standard, even when life throws you curve balls. It's a fascinating page turner from someone that had it all, good family, good genes, intelligence, good education, then self-sabotaged, but came back even stronger. Recommend this book especially if you like fitness/sports/athletics.

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Presently Surprised

So, I'm on chapter 9 and this book does not disappoint...I'm not even sure what prompted me to buy this book initially as I'm not a runner at all and the book cover can be quite intimidating. Let's just say I was drawn to it beyond my understanding. It's a raw and fantastically written biography about life's ups and downs and how we're the only ones holding us back but, more than that, it digs deeps and leaves you with no excuse as to why you are not meeting every challenge with one foot in front of the other. For me, consciously, I do not have an addiction but, unconsciously it speaks to my core, knowing we all have some type of dependency on something...it's about facing yourself, letting go of your fear and allowing your brightest version of yourself to shine through. If you're looking for a book that touches every emotion and reaches way beyond the surface, you've found it! P.S. My favorite statement is his reference to his wife, "To this day she's the coolest woman I've ever met." Awesome job Rich Roll.

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Great listen! Deeper and more expressive.

A great update to an already fantastic first edition. There is a clarity of time and more of the warrior path under the author's belt in this new version of Rich Roll's extraordinary life story.

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Brand New Book

Read the first version. This one is even better. There is so much to this story. Hope there is a third book in there.

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Inspiring

Rich's story is inspirational. This is my second time to read this book. Although I usually dislike the author as the narrator, I feel that this story needed to be told by him. Whether you are looking to accomplish a monumental athletic achievement, or run your first 5 K, his words are helpful in setting your intention and accomplishing your goal.

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Amazing

Props to rich roll for narrating and writing and spilling his guts. Lots of great advice, humility and inspiration that was based on, I'm tired of having this life and I want a better one.

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Overall an impressive page turner

The story itself is really fascinating, learning that while he comes from a decently privileged background, he still struggled with his own inner demons and pitfalls.

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I mostly enjoyed his mental and spiritual experiences and growth in the last 2 or 3 chapters. Overall a great read for anyone looking for inspiration.

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Amazing.

What can I say? This is an outstanding story of an individual who has rejected the norm, chosen to do his own thinking, and live a way that best fits his desired life. It is a story of tragedy and triumph, that clearly shows that the"norm" doesn't work for everyone. A big plus is that Rich narrates his own book and his passion for the story is very evident. Definitely a recommended read.

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Inspiring & educational

I enjoyed this listen. Found many helpful tips to apply to my life. Learned more about ultra sports, nutrition and following your dreams and breaking out of the box. Great story of his own personal struggles and how he over came them to thrive and be a success in something he loves.

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Inspiration

I am not a runner and I am way passed middle age but this book was inspiration. No matter the goal: physical, financial, spiritual or personal, Rich’s journey and his tips are for everyone. We are all trying to do our best at living one day at a time. One of the best motivational books I’ve read.