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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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More of a Testimony than Instructional

First off, let me say that regardless of how I characterize the content, this book is inspirational. It allowed me to self-reflect on my goal-setting, during which I realized that I fail because I seldom set deadlines. It caused me to set a measurable, firm, and publicized goal. More than anything, his testimony motivated me to pursue my goal.

I would characterize this book as follows:
30% childhood-college testimonial dealing with athleticism cast aside in favor of alcohol
10% college/grad/early career alcoholic testimonial
10% couch-attached family man testimonial
10% becoming healthy testimonial
10% anti-meat, pro vegan rant
20% triathlon challenge highlights
10% motivational speaking

...roughly in that order. That said, I feel it was written quite well, with the exception of the vegan rant. It was perhaps because of him familiarizing me with his backstory that lended more weight to the instructional. I simply mention the amount of testimonial so that the reader will know what to expect. I expected less testimonial, and although surprised, not disappointed.

My only issue is with the anti-meat rant. Not with the lifestyle so much as with the way he presented making the decision to adopt a vegan diet. In short, he goes from eating platters of hamburgers, to a diet of what he deems “vegetarian junk food” (simple carbs, gluten, sugars), to a plant-based, vegan diet. Even by his own admission, he remained overweight during his vegetarian phase. Yet he villainizes MEAT rather than sugars and simple carbs. Never once does he mention trying a plant and meat-based diet, which could have worked out just as well. From personal experience, a plant and meat-based diet yielded me the same feeling of well-being he describes achieving with veganism. Please just try something (or mention you did) before you bash. And certainly don’t hastily generalize solely based on your own body.

What I really loved about this book was how he explain all of the triathlete and nutritionist jargon, breaking down the complex concepts into language anyone who is not athletic can understand.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking to rekindle or make changes to
their health.

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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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Well Worth Listening To

I bought Rich's original book when it came out and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a no brainer to buy the revised edition when it also came out. I admit to buying it on Audible so I could listen in the car and a signed paperback copy for home reference. Buy this book - you won't regret it.

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Rich roll gives his all, very inspiring book

I did not relate to the chapters about alcoholism. still I understand the struggle and steps to overcome. The last few chapters about his wisdom are truly inspirational.

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Inspiring and motivating read!

A great inspiring read for anyone interestedin ultra running and a plant based diet.

Enjoyed it so much, made long runs all the more pleasurable.

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Amazing.

Few books have spoken to me in the way this one has. A must read