Finding Ultra: Revised and Updated Edition Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 44 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||March 13, 2018|
|Publisher||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #2,666 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2022
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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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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!
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.