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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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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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Touching and Interesting

Very well written! The string of vocabulary accentuates the flourish of ideas and concepts and the overall storyline, this author has to offer. Very well thought out and put together, this is not only a good read... this story is also fulfilling of its purpose to be its best quality, for the sake of those reading/listening. I appreciate the work put into the construction, editing and organization of this book (very apparent), as well as the sacred insights and values, and personal recounts the author has to offer. Thanks Rich! Good stuff👍

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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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A Must Listen

I listened to the original release and it was life changing. Totally inspiring and this version has lots of new material and is even better.

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Amazing read!

This book was an amazing read/listen! It was very inspiring and has been a motivating factor in me getting off my tail and starting to run again! Love the specific instructions he gives too! Great all around book! Love me some Rich Roll! 😍😍😍

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Rich Roll Changes Lives

Would you listen to Finding Ultra again? Why?

I would definitely listen to Finding Ultra again. In fact I just bought the updated audio book and it's even better than the first one.

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

The epic 5 challenge was definitely something that was remarkable and wonderful to follow along with. I love Rich's determination to change his life and help others to change theirs.

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

Rich Roll's personality and charisma are essential to listening to this book. To hear him tell his own story of being a recovering alcoholic to becoming an ultra endurance legend is the most inspiring thing I have heard to date. Because of this book I have competed in and completed multiple triathlons including an Ironman 70.3 last summer.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

How to become the best version of yourself.

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Inspired Vulnerability

If as a human being, you feel that there is more to experience on both the Soul and Goal line, then read Rich’s book. This addition, demonstrates the depth by which Roll has grown over the years. I read his first book and that hooked me on his podcast. This rendition is told with an inspired vulnerability that puts his writing and impact into the realm of compelling greatness. Thanks RR for your willingness to share your story with us and secondly for your courage to trust your heart, even when thins seemed downright impossible.

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Great life-changing story

How Rich changed from an alcoholic to an Ultra athlete is a very impressive story that is life-changing, in my opinion.
At least life-improving, because I eat now healthier and exercise more often and longer.
His reading performance adds the right atmosphere, almost like one was there together with him.

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Devoured this update

I very much enjoyed this update of finding ultra. It was very nice to hear Rich talk through some of the same story line from his updated perspective as well as provide additional reflection on his journey since 2012.

As a play on something Rich is fond of saying, this was a great experience between the earbuds.