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Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Rich Roll

Narrated By: Rich Roll

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: May 2012

Duration: 9 hours 48 minutes


An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever.

In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich. Plunging into a new way of eating that made processed foods off limits and prioritized plant nutrition and daily training, Rich morphed-in mere months-from out-of-shape midlifer to endurance machine. Ninety days into his physical overhaul, Rich left the house for a light jog and found himself running a near marathon. It was time to scale up his goals.

How many of us take up a sport at age forty and compete for the title of the world's best within two years? Finding Ultra recounts Rich's remarkable journey to the starting line of 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.

This is more than an inside look at a series of jaw-dropping athletic feats or a practical training manual for those who would attempt a similar transformation. Yes, Rich's account rivets and 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 life has posed numerous physical and social challenges, including a fierce battle with alcoholism.

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

"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

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  • Emma A

    A must read for everyone. Really enjoyed it made it special as the narrator was the author. Sad when I finished listening to it!

  • Dejan Z

    Great book about Rich's story, read by Rich Roll himself.

  • joseph bowbliss

    Great story read by Rich himself. I loved this story

  • Tony Carveth

    Written from the heart Rich takes us along on his roller coaster - that takes him from shy child to outstanding swimmer. Only to see alcohol nearly ruin it all. I loved the rawness of his experiences and the success he achieved through effort.

  • Andrew Smith

    Loved this book! Great story, well told, nice balance between sports book and personal memoir.

  • Patricia Perman

    Most awesome book. What an inspiration and some much honesty. Enjoyed Rich Roll reading this book, totally had me captured the entire team. You are never to old to get started!

  • Beatriz Bastos

    Inspiring words that spoke to 9 me by Rich Roll's own voice :)