Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself
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 forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight at the time and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he could see where his current sedentary lifestyle was taking him.
Most of us, when granted such a moment of clarity, look the other way—but not Rich.
Plunging into a new way of eating that made processed foods off-limits and that prioritized plant nutrition, and vowing to train daily, Rich morphed—in a matter of mere months—from out-of-shape midlifer to endurance machine. When one morning ninety days into his physical overhaul, Rich left the house to embark on a light jog and found himself running a near marathon, he knew he had 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 competition, which pits the world's fittest humans against each other 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.
But Finding Ultra 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."
"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."
"If you liked Born to Run, you'll love Finding Ultra…one of the best books about health and fitness that I've ever read."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"Finding Ultra is the ultimate story of hope, perseverance and endurance against life's biggest challenges."
"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."
"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."
"Finding Ultrais 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."
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."
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I don't ordinarily send e-mails out like this, but I feel compelled to share some exciting news. So I hope you will take a moment to read this short note.
My friend Rich Roll's inspirational memoir Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself, is being published by Random House May 22. It's part memoir and part road map: Rich shares his awe-inspiring mid-life transformation from 40-year old overweight couch potato to the plant-fueled elite ultra-endurance athlete he is today. A beautifully written, gripping page-turner, Rich also shows us how he did it, and how you can too, including his revolutionary approach to nutrition and athletic performance – something he calls The PlantPower Diet.
To learn more, check out the Finding Ultra trailer (LINK TO: http://www.findingultra.com) and visit Rich's website (LINK TO: http://www.richroll.com). Then prepare to be inspired – to break down your own personal barriers, achieve the unexpected and become your best self. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta raves, "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."
And Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, had this to say: "If you liked Born to Run, you'll love Finding Ultra...one of the best books about health and fitness that I've ever read.”
I've marked May 22 12 on my calendar, and I hope you'll pick up your own copy of Finding Ultra when it hits the shelves that day. You can thank me later!
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