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  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
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Finding Ultra

Written by: Rich Roll
Narrated by: Rich Roll
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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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Turned me right off.

I started this book in the midst of a 32km run - I needed company, and this autobiography from a master of ultra running was supposed to be it! Instead I found myself bemused: he was a geek, but discovered swimming and made friends; he was a poor student who started getting straight A's and a ticket to the Ivy league; he had humblish beginnings but attended the premier boys school in DC. Which is it?! Buckle up, you get both in nauseating detail. "I wasn't really an athlete" followed by "And then I made the swim team at Stanford". There's humblebrags and there's whining. I shut it off when he "ran his first marathon effortlessly after not having run more than a few miles in 20 years". *Barf* I finished my run in silence, grateful NOT to be listening to more of someone so disingenuous.

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Had to stop listening

I'm definitely the minority here but I couldn't even get halfway with this one. There's no denying that Rich Roll has made amazing achievements physically/athletically - that's why I got the book. And I'm not minimizing his struggle with alcoholism and overcoming it.

But this guy was so privileged, yet so ungrateful, and unapologetic in how he slacked off, checked out, and instead of being appreciative when yet ANOTHER chance, ANOTHER opportunity is handed to him, he passes them off as "I got away with it again!"

Don't know how many times I thought 'what a jerk.' To his credit, he could have portrayed himself in more flattering way but even so, people seem to be giving him a pass, like so many other times in his life. Even describing his first 'marathon' as effortless, with no training, no planning (it was the plants) when other people have to train months and months, I couldn't listen any more. Unsubscribed from his emails/podcasts too.

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Complete narcissist

Could not bring myself to finish this one .My god.Please, if you’d like to listen to a man verbally masturbate for hours, fill your boots.An Ivy League lawyer moaning about the woes of his life.Insufferable at best.The way the guys goes on about himself you’d think he was tirelessly working in the lab curing disease.You doing triathlons for yourself.Get over it.

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Story is weak, the tips are solid.

Though personal, the story was barely impressionable. Good tips on diet & sobriety, from a personal journey. Ego needs a tone down, the story is not mindful of his privilege.

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Awesome story of life and rebirth

Rich Roll's life journey has impacted me and set in motion within me that spark I needed to set me on my renewed life journey. Thank you for sharing your inspirational journey.

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Good read

The story was super interesting. Change of narrator was confusing a little. Great story!! Not too preachy...

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Great, if he had omitted the Vegan sales pitch

I enjoyed hearing about his journey into ultra training. The psuedoscience he promotes with his plant based diet is over the top though. of that entire section disappeared, I would have greatly enjoyed the book. Cleanses... who actually falls for that? I guess he does. I quit the book when it became all about his lack of knowledge about healthy eating. You don't need to consume spirulina to be healthy.

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it's never too late

Rich Roll inspires us by demonstrating that it is never too late to transform your life and become the best version of yourself.

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The last chapter contains the gold

Good story upfront, but the last chapter has all the takeaways. Reminded me of Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

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Not for me

I listened to several chapters and then the book started preaching about how to eat better, sleep better etc. etc. l lost interest.

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