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Finding Ultra is an incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

On the night before he was to turn forty, Rich Roll experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he could see where his current sedentary life was taking him—and he woke up.

Plunging into a new routine that prioritized a plant-based lifestyle and daily training, Rich morphed—in a matter of mere months—from out of shape, mid-life couch potato to endurance machine. Finding Ultra recounts Rich’s remarkable journey to the starting line of the elite Ultraman competition, which pits the world’s fittest humans in a 320-mile ordeal of swimming, biking, and running. And following that test, Rich conquered an even greater one: the EPIC5—five Ironman-distance triathlons, each on a different Hawaiian island, all completed in less than a week.

In the years since Finding Ultra was published, Rich has become one of the world’s most recognized advocates of plant-based living. In this newly revised and updated edition, he shares the practices, tools, and techniques he uses for optimal performance, longevity, and wellness, including diet and nutrition protocols. Rich reflects on the steps he took to shift his mindset and leverage deep reservoirs of untapped potential to achieve success beyond his wildest imagination, urging each of us to embark on our own journey of self-discovery.

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"Finding Ultra blends Rich Roll''s story of superhuman personal transformation with an amazingly practical guide to plant-based living. It''s also an enlightened manifesto for anyone wanting to transform their life. " - Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow and New York Times bestselling author of the Blue Zones books.

"Finding Ultra is Rich Roll''s incredible story of mental, emotional, and physical endurance. An essential, inspiring read." - Michael Greger, MD, FACLM, New York Times bestselling author of How Not to Die, founder of NutritionFacts.org

"One of the best books about health and fitness I''ve ever read." -
Neal Barnard, MD, president of the Physician''s Committee for Responsible Medicine

"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 bestselling author of The Perfection Point
 
Finding Ultra is the ultimate story of hope, perseverance and endurance against life’s biggest challenges.”
--William Cope Moyers, New York Times bestselling author of Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption
 
“Roll has accomplished amazing things, but it is his ability to draw inspiring and uniquely insightful lessons from his experiences that sets him apart from other extreme athletes. Finding Ultra is a fascinating read full of practical tips.”
--Dean Karnazes, nationally bestselling author of Ultramarathon Man
 
Finding Ultra is about a journey we all take as human beings, when we decide to pursue the impossible and live a life of mission. When I need to dig deeper, push harder, and find a little boost, Rich Roll is the guy who comes to mind.  He is inspiration embodied.”
--Sanjay Gupta, M.D., Emmy Award-winning Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN and New York Times bestselling author of Chasing Life and Cheating Death
 
“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 bestselling author of Quantum Wellness and  Veganist
 
"This awesome piece of writing – one-part memoir, one-part how-to, and one part megadose of gut truth – reminds us to wake up and live our best life.  Prepare to be entertained, but most of all, prepare to be inspired.”
--Mel Stewart, 14-Time National Champion, former World Record Holder, and Winner of Two Olympic Gold Medals in swimming
 
“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 bestselling author of The Engine 2 Diet
 
“An incredibly inspirational book about achieving greatness at any age through self-belief and a positive attitude.  Rich Roll is a true champion of life and sport."
--Levi Leipheimer, Two-Time Stage Winner of the Tour de France and Olympic Time-Trial Bronze Medalist
 
"Finding Ultra is an inspired first-person account of fast living and even faster swimming, biking and running that will leave you convinced of the power of your own will."
--Brendan Brazier, bestselling author of Thrive
 
“A tribute to the fortitude of the human spirit, and the power each of us has to grab hold of our life and achieve the unexpected.  For anyone who feels stuck, Rich offers sage advice on everything from relationships to lifestyle to diet to spiritual well-being.”
-Dave Zabriskie, Five-Time National Time-Trial Champion in cycling
 
 “An inspiring story of a man whose life took a tragic turn but then rebounded spectacularly.  Down but not out, Rich Roll rose like a phoenix, taking the commitment to his own health to a new level and achieving a remarkable transformation. I believe everyone will be able to relate to this plant-powered athlete’s riveting story and perhaps garner some inspiration for their own journey.   A top read!”
-Luke McKenzie, Five-Time Ironman Champion

About the Author

RICH ROLL is an ultra-endurance athlete, wellness advocate, and the host of The Rich Roll Podcast, one of the top 100 podcasts in the world with more than 30 million downloads since its launch in 2012. Rich is regularly named to annual lists of the most influential people in the health and fitness world and has been featured on CNN and in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Inc. With his wife, Julie Piatt, he is the co-author of The Plantpower Way and The Plantpower Way: Italia. Rich is a graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Law School.

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Chapter One

A Line in the Sand

It was the night before I turned forty. That cool, late-October evening in 2006, Julie and our three kids were sound asleep as I tried to enjoy some peaceful moments in our otherwise rowdy household. My nightly routine involved losing myself in the comfort of my giant flat-screen cranked to maximum volume. While basking in the haze of Law & Order reruns, I’d put away a plate of cheeseburgers and followed that welcome head-rush with a mouthful of nicotine gum. This was just my way of relaxing, I’d convinced myself. After a hard day, I felt I deserved it, and that it was harmless.

After all, I knew about harm. Eight years earlier, I’d awoken from a multiday, blackout binge to find myself in a drug and alcohol treatment center in rural Oregon. Since then I’d miraculously gotten sober, and one day at a time was staying that way. I no longer drank. I didn’t do drugs. I figured I had the right to pig out on a little junk food.

But something happened on this birthday eve. At almost 2 a.m., I was well into my third hour of doltish television and approaching sodium toxicity with a calorie count in the thousands. With my belly full and nicotine buzz fading, I decided to call it a night. I performed a quick check on my stepsons, Tyler and Trapper, in their room off the kitchen. I loved watching them sleep. Aged eleven and ten, respectively, they’d soon be teenagers, grasping for independence. But for now, they were still pajama-clad boys in their bunk beds, dreaming of skateboarding and Harry Potter.

With the lights already out, I had begun hauling my 208-pound frame upstairs when midway I had to pause—my legs were heavy, my breathing labored. My face felt hot and I had to bend over just to catch my breath, my belly folding over jeans that no longer fit. Nauseous, I looked down at the steps I’d climbed. There were eight. About that many remained to be mounted. Eight steps. I was thirty-nine years-old and I was winded by eight steps. Man, I thought, is this what I’ve become?

Slowly, I made it to the top and entered our bedroom, careful not to wake Julie or our two-year-old daughter, Mathis, snuggled up against her mom in our bed—my two angels, illuminated by the moonlight coming through the window. Holding still, I paused to watch them sleep, waiting for my pulse to slow. Tears began to trickle down my face as I was overcome by a confusing mix of emotions—love, certainly, but also guilt, shame, and a sudden and acute fear. In my mind, a crystal-clear image flashed of Mathis on her wedding day, smiling, flanked by her proud groomsmen brothers and beaming mother. But in this waking dream, I knew something was profoundly amiss. I wasn’t there. I was dead.

A tingling sensation surfaced at the base of my neck and quickly spread down my spine as a sense of panic set in. A drop of sweat fell to the dark wood floor, and I became transfixed by the droplet, as if it were the only thing keeping me from collapsing. The tiny crystal ball foretold my grim future—that I wouldn’t live to see my daughter’s wedding day.

Snap out of it. A shake of the head, a deep inhale. I labored to the bathroom sink and splashed my face with cold water. As I lifted my head, I caught my reflection in the mirror. And froze. Gone was that long-held image of myself as the handsome young swimming champion I’d once been. And in that moment, denial was shattered; reality set in for the first time. I was a fat, out-of-shape, and very unhealthy man hurtling into middle age—a depressed, self-destructive person utterly disconnected from who I was and what I wanted to be.

To the outside observer, everything appeared to be perfect. It had been more than eight years since my last drink, and during that time I’d repaired what was a broken and desperate life, reshaping it into the very model of modern American success. After snagging degrees from Stanford and Cornell and spending years as a corporate lawyer—an alcohol-fueled decade of mind-numbing eighty-hour workweeks, dictatorial bosses, and late-night partying—I’d finally escaped into sobriety and even launched my own successful boutique entertainment law firm. I had a beautiful, loving, and supportive wife and three healthy children who adored me. And together, we’d built the house of our dreams.

So what was wrong with me? Why did I feel this way? I’d done everything I was supposed to do and then some. I wasn’t just confused. I was in free fall.

Yet in that precise moment, I was overcome with the profound knowledge not just that I needed to change, but that I was willing to change. From my adventures in the subculture of addiction recovery, I’d learned that the trajectory of one’s life often boils down to a few identifiable moments—decisions that change everything. I knew all too well that moments like these were not to be squandered. Rather, they were to be respected and seized at all costs, for they just didn’t come around that often, if ever. Even if you experienced only one powerful moment like this one, you were lucky. Blink or look away for even an instant and the door didn’t just close, it literally vanished. In my case, this was the second time I’d been blessed with such an opportunity, the first being that precious moment of clarity that precipitated my sobriety in rehab. Looking into the mirror that night, I could feel that portal opening again. I needed to act.

But how?

Here’s the thing: I’m a man of extremes. I can’t just have one drink. I’m either bone dry or I binge until I wake up naked in a hotel room in Vegas without any idea how I got there. I’m crawling out of bed at 4:45 a.m. to swim laps in a pool—as I did throughout my teens—or I’m pounding Big Macs on the couch. I can’t just have one cup of coffee. It has to be a Venti, laced with two to five extra shots of espresso, just for fun. To this day “balance” remains my final frontier, a fickle lover I continue to pursue despite her lack of interest. Knowing this about myself, and harnessing the tools I’d developed in recovery, I understood that any true or lasting lifestyle change would require rigor, specificity, and accountability. Vague notions of “eating better” or maybe “going to the gym more often” just weren’t going to work. I needed an urgent and stringent plan. I needed to draw a firm line in the sand.

The next morning, the first thing I did was turn to my wife Julie for help.

As long as I’ve known her, Julie has been deeply into yoga and alternative healing methods, with some (to put it mildly) “progressive” notions about nutrition and wellness. Always an early riser, Julie greeted each day with meditation and a series of Sun Salutations, followed by a breakfast of odoriferous herbs and teas. Seeking personal growth and counsel, Julie has sat at the feet of many a guru—from Eckhart Tolle, to Annette, a blue-eyed clairvoyant, to Chief Golden Eagle of the South Dakota Lakota tribe, to Paramhansa Nithyananda, a youthful and handsome Indian sage. Just last year, in fact, Julie traveled by herself to southern India to visit Arunachala, a sacred holy mountain revered in yogic culture as a “spiritual incubator.” I’d always admired her for her willingness to explore; it sure seemed to work for her. But this kind of “alternative thinking” was strictly her territory, never mine.

Particularly when it came to food. To open our refrigerator was to see an invisible but obvious line running down the middle. On one side were the typical American heart attack–inducing items: hot dogs, mayonnaise, blocks of cheese, processed snack foods, soda, and ice cream. On the other side—Julie’s—were mysterious Baggies filled with herbal preparations and an unmarked Mason jar or two filled with putrid-smelling medicinal pastes of unknown origins. There was something she patiently told me was called “ghee,” and also chyawanprash, a pungent, brown-colored sticky jam made from an Indian gooseberry known as the “elixir of life” in Ayurveda, a form of ancient Indian alternative medicine. I never tired of poking fun at Julie’s ritualistic preparations of these strange foods. Though I’d grown accustomed to her attempting to get me to eat things like sprouted mung beans or seitan burgers, to say it “never took” is an understatement. “Cardboard,” I’d announce, shaking my head and reaching instead for my juicy beef burger.

That kind of food was fine for Julie, and certainly fine for our kids, but I needed my food. My real food. To her immense credit, Julie had never nagged me to change my ways. Frankly, I assumed she’d simply given up on me. But in truth she understood a crucial spiritual principle I’d yet to grasp. You can stand in the light. And you can set a positive example. But you simply cannot make someone change.

But today was different. The previous night had given me a gift: a profound sense not just that I needed to change, but that I wanted to change—really change. As I poured a massive cup of very strong coffee, I nervously raised the issue across the breakfast table.

“So, uh,” I began, “you know that detox, juice-cleanse thing you did last year?”

From a bite of hemp bread spread with chyawanprash jam, Julie peered up at me, a small smile of curiosity playing at her lips. “Yes. The cleanse.”

“Well, I think I might, well, uh, maybe I should, you know, give it a shot?” I couldn’t believe the words were coming out of my mouth. Even though Julie was one of the healthiest people I knew, and I’d seen how her diet and use of alternative medicine had helped her through so much—even miraculously, at one point—just twenty-four hours before, I would have argued till I was blue in the face that a “cleanse” was useless, even harmful. I’d never found any evidence to support the idea that a cleanse was healthy or that it somehow removed “toxins” from the body. Ask any traditional Western medicine doctor and he’ll agree: “These cleanses are not just innocuous, they’re downright unhealthy.” And by the way, what are these mysterious toxins, anyway, and how would a cleanse possibly remove them? It was all nonsense, I’d thought, pure fabrication, the babbling of snake oil salesmen.

But today, I was desperate. I could still feel the previous night’s panic, still feel my temples pounding. The drop of sweat and its dark portent, flashing before my eyes, were all too real. Clearly, my way was not working.

“Sure,” Julie said softly. She didn’t ask what had prompted this curious request, and I didn’t offer an explanation. As clichéd as it sounds, Julie was my soul mate and best friend—the one person who knew me better than anyone. Yet for reasons I still don’t fully understand, I couldn’t bring myself to tell her about what I’d experienced the night before. Maybe it was embarrassment. Or more likely, the fear I’d felt was simply too acute for words. Julie is too intuitive not to have noticed that something was clearly up, but she didn’t ask a single question; she just let it unfold, without expectation.

In fact, Julie’s expectations were so low that I had to ask her three more times before she actually returned from the alternative pharmacist with the goods needed to begin the cleanse—a journey that would soon change everything.

Together we embarked on a seven-day progressive regime that involved a variety of herbs, teas, and fruit and vegetable juices (for more information on my recommended cleansing program, see Appendix III, Resources, Jai Renew Detox and Cleansing Program). It’s important to understand that this was not a “starvation” protocol. Each and every day I made certain to fortify my body with essential nutrients in liquid form. I cast aside my doubts and threw myself into the process with everything I had. We cleared the fridge of my Reddi-Wip, Go-Gurts, and salami, filling the empty shelves with large vats of tea boiled from a potpourri of what looked like leaves raked from our lawn. I juiced with vigor, downing liquid concoctions of spinach and carrots laced with garlic, followed by herbal remedies in capsule form chased by gagging on a tea with a distinct manure aftertaste.

A day later I was curled up in a ball on the couch, sweating. Try quitting caffeine, nicotine, and food all at once. I looked horrible. And felt worse. I couldn’t move. But I couldn’t sleep either. Everything was upside down. Julie remarked that I looked like I was detoxing heroin. Indeed, I felt like I was back in rehab.

But Julie urged me to hang tough; she said that the hardest part was soon to pass. I trusted her, and true to her word, each day proved easier than the day before. The gagging subsided, replaced by gratitude just to put something—anything—down my throat. By day three, the fog began to clear. My taste buds adapted and I actually began enjoying the regime. And despite so few calories, I began feeling a surge of energy, followed by a profound sense of renewal. I was sold. Day four was better, and by day five, I felt like an entirely new person. I was able to sleep well, and I only needed a few hours of sleep. My mind was clear and my body felt light, infused with a sense of vibrancy and exhilaration that I hadn’t known was possible. Suddenly I was jogging up the staircase with Mathis on my back, my heart rate barely elevated. I even went out for a short “run” and felt great, despite the fact that I hadn’t laced up a pair of running shoes in years and was on my fifth day without any real food! It was astounding. Like a person with poor eyesight donning a pair of glasses for the first time, I was amazed to discover that a person could feel this good. Until then a hopeless and lifelong coffee addict, I entered into a momentous collaboration with Julie on day two of the cleanse when we unplugged our beloved coffeepot and together walked it out to the garbage bin—an act neither of us would have thought possible in a million years.

At the conclusion of the seven-day protocol, it was time to return to eating real food. Julie prepared a nutritious breakfast for me—granola with berries, some toast with butter, and my favorite, poached eggs. After going seven days with no solid food, I might have been excused for inhaling the meal in seconds flat. But instead, I just stared at it. I turned to Julie. “I think I’m just going to keep going.”

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Duane Schneider
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Not What I Expected
Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2019
Part of the reason for my meh review of “Finding Ultra” isn’t so much the book itself but my expectations going in. Based on the title, I was expecting it to be more about ultra running. Furthermore, I expected Roll to describe how he went from being a sedentary... See more
Part of the reason for my meh review of “Finding Ultra” isn’t so much the book itself but my expectations going in. Based on the title, I was expecting it to be more about ultra running. Furthermore, I expected Roll to describe how he went from being a sedentary out-of-shape 40 year old to an endurance athlete. First, he’s not an ultra runner, he’s an Ironman triathlete. But the bulk of “Finding Ultra” is about a challenge Roll and a friend came up with to complete an Ironman on five different Hawaiian islands in five days. I think Roll’s impulses are pure. He had some dark days of alcoholism in his twenties, which he shares with the reader. He wants to inspire people by demonstrating what he’s overcome. But right away (even as a white male) I was bugged by the strong whiff of white male privilege in “Finding Ultra.” Roll’s grandfather was a champion swimmer at Michigan, Roll’s father was an attorney, they summered at the family vacation cottage, Roll went to an elite prep school and then had to make the difficult choice of attending Harvard or Stanford. (He was sure to list all the top colleges he got into.) The whole vibe of this book was basically the opposite of the true ultra vibe, which is humility. Roll isn’t even humble-bragging but pretty much just flat out boasting. All of Roll’s stuff about the merits of the plant-based diet and how cut he is start to sound like sermonizing or an infomercial, like he’s trying to sell the reader something (which I think he might be; I didn’t get far enough in the appendixes to find out). After his rough spell with drinking, which—granted—landed him in a drying out facility, Roll meets his super-hot yoga teacher wife, practices law, and they build their dream house in the California hills. Yes, more challenges, poor guy. I don’t want to take anything away from the author; I think his work ethic is enviable. Roll pushes himself harder in every aspect of his life than anyone I know and deserves everything he’s earned. Yet he’s somehow hard to respect, because for the most part his adversity has been self-created. It’s not like he was some poor kid from the projects who started running. He was a bored corporate attorney who decided to do triathlons. There are probably a hundred of those in every major city. I get that alcoholism is a disease, and Roll was definitely an alcoholic. That’s the truest and most meaningful section of the book. Yet I’m even skeptical about why it’s included in “Finding Ultra.” The drinking happened when Roll was in his late twenties or early thirties, well before his actual decision to change his life and become a triathlete. I think it actually might just be inserted to counter the argument that here’s another white guy who’s been given every advantage and has to create challenges to keep himself from getting bored. Yeah, cynical of me to think that, I know. But Roll and his buddy very literally create the challenge I mentioned earlier of Ironmanning around Hawaii. If you’re going to make up your own challenge, it may as well be in paradise, right? Spoiler alert here, but the sad or funny thing, depending on your perspective, is that they failed. They couldn’t do the 5 triathlons in 5 days. It took them 7 to complete. Yeah, this would kill me if I even tried it, but let’s remember it’s a self-made boys’ adventure in Hawaii. How many people even have the time or money to train for such a thing? I couldn’t even afford all the plane tickets. And Roll spends like 200 pages giving us the play-by-play of this challenge. I now know more about bicycling saddle sores than I ever wanted to.
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Get born to run instead!
Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2019
This guy is full of himself. Privileged. Very little useful information if you are looking to help yourself get better or learn how to eat to fuel distances. This was more of his life story (in his eyes traumatic—but everything bad was his doing). If you are looking for... See more
This guy is full of himself. Privileged. Very little useful information if you are looking to help yourself get better or learn how to eat to fuel distances. This was more of his life story (in his eyes traumatic—but everything bad was his doing). If you are looking for a long distance running book to motivate you without the focus being on the person (and instead on the experiences, information, etc), get Born to Run instead.
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Must read for anyone seeking change
Reviewed in the United States on June 15, 2018
This certainly is one of those books you pick up intending to read 10 pages and next thing you’ve read 200 without moving. Rich is not only an exceptional wordsmith and storyteller but the story itself is riveting. I just turned 30 and I actually heard about Rich... See more
This certainly is one of those books you pick up intending to read 10 pages and next thing you’ve read 200 without moving. Rich is not only an exceptional wordsmith and storyteller but the story itself is riveting.

I just turned 30 and I actually heard about Rich 5 years ago somehow when i was living in Los Angeles shortly after MY dui. I totally understand those feelings of hating to admit there’s a problem, hating going to AA meetings knowing you need your card signed (not me, these people have a problem but not me). Funny enough when he talked about immediately going back to drinking after the DUI..the day after I got out of the drunk tank I went to get gas and had an open 12 pack in the passenger seat, 1 open in the cup holder, I had very much been drinking, and I LOCKED MY KEYS IN THE CAR. At the gas station minutes from the jail I just left. There was no denying this one. I was a damn fool and I knew this was it. I called a towing company, waiting in panic for the guy to arrive. He unlocked the car, no questions asked, and left. That was God saying “last favor buddy. Get your life together”

And I did, for the most part. Rich went to the 109 day rehab (loved lighting the inventory on fire by the way) and I went to Hoffman, a retreat in Napa.

Flash forward 5 years, I have moved to Gaithersburg (15 mins north of Bethesda) met the love of my life (after also being cheated on but not days after a marriage! Man that was brutal) anyway lots of parallels. And throughout the years I would always come across Rich’s Before and after, it’s always been this temporary motivator and truly an incredible before and after but I still ate and drank and continued to be an alcoholic. Last February my then fiancé was diagnosed with MS and despite both being gluten, dairy loving fiends at the time we discovered if we wanted to beat this Illness it was going to have to be through food and supplements. So we started on a program called the wahls protocol, which overall helped enormously, my wife Hope’s condition growing to borderline progressive right before the wedding and then being nearly symptom free for the last several months.

The Wahls program was much like Rich’s eating program, lots of veggies but also lots of meat, particularly organ meats. We made the switch to strictly plant based about a month ago and the changes have been remarkable. Her hair stopped falling out. We both felt light and relaxed, anxiety levels at an all time low.

We then spent this week after her dance recital gorging on junk food and alcohol (okay, much more me than her) and yesterday, massively hungover, I bought this book and sat down to read it. And I was immersed in Rich’s journey, inspired by his persistent self doubt, his frequent setbacks, and his amazing tenacity. I also found it incredible that within a year of working very hard and visualizing his dreams of being a great swimmer, he became that at age 16. I loved that he couldn’t complete his first race in his 40s despite being a vegan that trained hard because he took the time to reassess and start anew, and those were some of the biggest takeaways for me in this book. Persistence amidst self doubt and failure. Burning to the ground and starting anew. The power of humility. And how possible massive transformation really is.

Personally I am currently at the part in Rich’s journey where he’s at the breakfast table mumbling about doing a juice fast. Getting back on the wagon and going full throttle, plant based.

Hope and I also bought two of Rich and Julia’s cookbooks and the recipes are AMAZING, but I got burnt out. A lot of the really good ones take many hours to make, and we both work 80-90 hour weeks. I hope they consider making a recipe book for quick on the go fuelings.

But man, what a book. Gonna check out his podcast next. I’m a fan! And was fascinated by the many parallels. Thanks for sharing your story Rich.
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Stephanie M. Bosch
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The journey of 1000 miles…
Reviewed in the United States on April 25, 2019
I came to this book full circle. While listening to a Rich Roll Podcast with David Goggins I became inspired to read Goggins book “Can’t Hurt Me.” Once I finished it, I decided to throw my hat into the lottery for the New York City Marathon a few weeks later. I was... See more
I came to this book full circle. While listening to a Rich Roll Podcast with David Goggins I became inspired to read Goggins book “Can’t Hurt Me.” Once I finished it, I decided to throw my hat into the lottery for the New York City Marathon a few weeks later. I was chosen in the lottery and have since begun my plant-based marathon training! I followed up Goggin’s book with Rich’s inspirational story, “Finding Ultra.” Truly awesome. Rich is humble, wise, and exemplifies why it means to be awake. This book is not about how to become an ultra athlete. It is about one person‘s journey from being asleep, mindlessly grinding away to maintain the status quo, to shedding layers of personal and societal limitations and awakening to one’s higher calling, Finding Ultra takes you along for the bumpy ride to enlightenment.
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Jim A
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Diet and philosophical nonsense
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2020
Rich Roll is a gifted athlete with a good life story. He could be inspiring, but he evangelical approach to a plant-based diet is off putting. The anti-science bunk throughout the book is distracting as well. An example is the body pH nonsense. Alkaline water is nonsense as... See more
Rich Roll is a gifted athlete with a good life story. He could be inspiring, but he evangelical approach to a plant-based diet is off putting. The anti-science bunk throughout the book is distracting as well. An example is the body pH nonsense. Alkaline water is nonsense as is the entire discussion on altering the body''s pH with food and water.

Basically, Roll succeeded despite his diet, not because of it. He can keep all the new age nonsense to himself.

The bottom line is there are more inspiring stories out there that do not contain mystical and diet nonsense. Choose them over this one.
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Lloyd W. Davis
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Veteran runner, novice, or or somewhere else in-between this is an inspiring read
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2018
I liked the storytelling aspect of the book. Rich Roll tells his story in a way that pulls the reader in from the first page. I''ve read a lot of great books about fitness, running, and living a healthy life and this book is one of the best and most informative among the... See more
I liked the storytelling aspect of the book. Rich Roll tells his story in a way that pulls the reader in from the first page. I''ve read a lot of great books about fitness, running, and living a healthy life and this book is one of the best and most informative among the great books. It is not just about running, but about how to live life to the fullest. Even for people who are not actively engaged in running and fitness, it is a good read. I particularly liked the author''s self-disclosure style because he includes his self destructive behaviors and how he was able to face them, work through them, and transform his life to one of health and well-being.
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Reviewed in the United States on October 17, 2018
I''m only 27 so I can''t relate to the mid life crisis but I can relate to the limits we as humans have created and thoroughly believe. I am a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps so I understand that we are capable of so much more than we think. Rich''s story is an inspiration to... See more
I''m only 27 so I can''t relate to the mid life crisis but I can relate to the limits we as humans have created and thoroughly believe. I am a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps so I understand that we are capable of so much more than we think. Rich''s story is an inspiration to all. His dedication to the sport is admirable. I''m running my first triathlon in July of 2019 and this book serves have given me great inspiration to push myself past my comfort zone. Highly recommend it. I''m really looking forward to David Goggin''s book to be released!!
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Maura Reynolds
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and the book both easy to read and hard to put down
Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2018
I recently got this book after stumbling upon Rich’s podcast and I read it in one afternoon. I found his story so compelling and inspiring, and the book both easy to read and hard to put down. I probably identify because I’m turning 40 next month, but he is definitely super... See more
I recently got this book after stumbling upon Rich’s podcast and I read it in one afternoon. I found his story so compelling and inspiring, and the book both easy to read and hard to put down. I probably identify because I’m turning 40 next month, but he is definitely super inspiring and a must read (and his podcast a must listen) for anyone interested in health, wellness and longevity. I also started running again and signed up for an 8k when I finished this book. I don’t know if that’s the standard reaction but I’ll take it!
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Super Good
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 19, 2019
I came across Rich Roll and his exploits through my wanderings around the internet looking at all things triathlon and ultra athletics, which is my current ‘thing’ in case no one’s been keeping up lately. Rich lays out his whole life from high school, college swim champion,...See more
I came across Rich Roll and his exploits through my wanderings around the internet looking at all things triathlon and ultra athletics, which is my current ‘thing’ in case no one’s been keeping up lately. Rich lays out his whole life from high school, college swim champion, heading for international sporting star only to discover a love for alcohol, drugs and parties, wrecking all hope of sporting glory forever. Then his continued destructive, choatic, drunken lifestyle through to his battle to get clean. And then his descent into junk food fueled, overweight, middle age from which he finally wakes up and becomes one of the world’s top ultra athletes, as a vegan, in his 40’s. It really is an inspiring book for anyone who has been through the chaos of addiction and has come out the other side with a new found desire for a healthier, fitter life – even if you don’t want to be an ultra athlete. Rich also describes, fully, his experiences through his first two ‘Ultraman’ (a double length Ironman) races, and also his adventure with Jason Lester in creating and completing the first ‘Epic 5’ challenge (5 Ironmans in 5 days), now a staple on the ultra athletics calender. It’s astounding to realise just how much the middle aged human body can do and to hear it all from inside the mind of one of these competitors gives a whole new view of these extreme sports people. And there’s certainly lots of food for thought also, literally, for anyone who is vegan, or is considering or training on a vegan diet. It’s certainly changed my diet as i recently went back to being a vegan half way through reading this and yesterday ran 15km at 50 years old, the farthest i’ve ran since i was in the army in my 20’s. Worth a read!
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Cindy
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Inspirational on so many levels
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 30, 2018
Not sure when last I was so utterly captivated by a book. This is the true story of Rich Roll who went from being an unhappy over-overworked lawyer with alcoholism to one of the world’s top ultra athletes...as a vegan. No mean feat at the age of 43! He is married to a kick...See more
Not sure when last I was so utterly captivated by a book. This is the true story of Rich Roll who went from being an unhappy over-overworked lawyer with alcoholism to one of the world’s top ultra athletes...as a vegan. No mean feat at the age of 43! He is married to a kick ass chef wife (Julie Piatt) who is so cool with her hippie plant based yoga lifestyle. This book is inspirational on so many levels; wellness, love, working through tough times and overcoming obstacles, digging deep and pushing your body to its absolute limits, courage to take the first step, plant based lifestyles, becoming your most authentic self and accepting that often life takes you on a journey that you may not have planned but ultimately exceeds all expectations. I highly recommend this book!
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Life changing, inspirational story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 14, 2018
As a vegetarian for most of my life, I found Rich''s story hugely inspirational. The background into his life is shared in a personal way which really helps to set the scene, and the transformation that follows - driven by a plant based diet - is nothing short of incredible....See more
As a vegetarian for most of my life, I found Rich''s story hugely inspirational. The background into his life is shared in a personal way which really helps to set the scene, and the transformation that follows - driven by a plant based diet - is nothing short of incredible. I''ve moved to a vegan diet (for the first time ever) since reading this book, some of the recipes/foods recommended is a little overwhelming - but combined with the Plantpower Way I''ve been able to take on board ideas at a slower pace, and both books have helped hugely to provide added motivation to keep going. Also I listened to the audio book version, which was a nice touch as it was read by Rich Roll himself.
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Thomas Lewis
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More than just a book about running
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 22, 2020
This has been an absolute pleasure to read. I am the type of person who will take as much as I feel necessary from a book, then will happily put it down and move onto the next. With FINDING ULTRA, I read every word from start to finish with ease and captivation. I was...See more
This has been an absolute pleasure to read. I am the type of person who will take as much as I feel necessary from a book, then will happily put it down and move onto the next. With FINDING ULTRA, I read every word from start to finish with ease and captivation. I was excited to return to it, and disappointed that it would be so late and I would have to go to sleep! The sort of book you think about when you''re not reading it. If you are looking for something that will challenge your world views, inspire and motivate you to be better, this would be a great option. The book is by no means just about running, as the title or cover may suggest. Roll started his relationship with sport and fitness as a competitive swimmer with no running ability whatsoever. This autobiographical account of his journey to finding Triathlon and ultra distance racing gives a well rounded account of his motivations and leaves you feeling like you could do it, or at least improve vastly. Just buy the book and read it. It''s a nicely written, easy read that will have you recommending it like I and so many others do.
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Jungle Juice.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 30, 2019
Great book for any sport and health junkies, I especially like Jungle Juice of kale, carrot, apple and spirulina my friends call that diarrhoea but it''s simple magical stuff in the morning and during tennis games. Book is about diet which can change your energy levels, mood...See more
Great book for any sport and health junkies, I especially like Jungle Juice of kale, carrot, apple and spirulina my friends call that diarrhoea but it''s simple magical stuff in the morning and during tennis games. Book is about diet which can change your energy levels, mood and modern family less ignorant about what we eat. I''m terrible cook so started with Mashed Potatoes ...then Veggie Burgers both success so also recommend to try few recepies.
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