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Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself Paperback – May 21, 2013
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"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
“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.”
--Neal D. Barnard, MD, President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
“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
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Rich Roll has been featured on CNN and has been named “one of the world’s 25 fittest men” by Men’s Fitness magazine. He is a graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Law School. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and four children and, when he isn’t training or competing, manages the entertainment boutique Independent Law Group, LLP.
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I find his story inspiring starting from the point many of us find ourselves in, and yet, deciding to challenge his own thoughts and doubts, and carve a new path. Doing his research, seeing what worked for him and loving and getting support from others around him.
Thanks for this Rich!
But over the years as I have attempted to eat a more vegan lifestyle I've experienced some of the advantages that Rich discusses in his book. So as I enter my review I come without a lot of hyperbole and say simply that my anecdotal evidence is that my physical well being always improves moving to a plant based diet.
I say all that to introduce the book which I think is a good primer into the whole food plant based diet and lifestyle. I know that there are tons of books on the subject but if you looking for one to get some good info on this method of eating then this is a good read.
Rich also details his journey to this style of eating and for some the autobiographical info is not a big deal but I am always interested in the story behind the choices. So for those who love stories the first part of the book will be enjoyable.
I think the biggest selling point are the references and links to some great resources which I think is worth the price of the book.
And the man loves avocado - which I think is the greatest fruit in the world so he scores big in my book.
The author holds nothing back as he explains, in detail, how he eats and why. The appendices -- especially -- are filled with copious amounts of information and resources that will get anyone started in the right direction towards better health. I can't wait to start my new Plant Power Diet.
For those who are already familiar with quinoa, acai, spirulina, maca, and alkalyzing, his dietary approach is not groundbreaking news. For most, it will be a challenging call to abandon what we have been taught for years is 'healthy' (eggs, milk, white meat, whole-grain bread, etc).
I do agree with the author that soy and tofu are not the healthiest choice, especially for men. I personally disagree when he says that using a blender for vegetables is healthier than using a (masticating) juice extractor, and I don't recommend storing fresh-made juice to drink hours later, whether blended or extracted. (I had the same objection with the equally-good DVD titled "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead")
There were several sections I skimmed over, rather than reading word for word, because I didn't relate. For example, I don't relate to the problem of trying to get out of golf classes at an elite private college, and I don't instinctively feel bad for Hollywood lawyers who are 'struggling with finances' so much that they must drive an older Land Rover instead of a new one. :p
This book may particularly touch readers who struggle with alcohol, as several chapters describe his addiction and recovery regarding that.
There was some mother-earth new-age spirituality here and there, but not enough to turn me off.
Overall I would recommend this book to friends, with the caveat that it includes obvious promotion of the companies who sponsored his athletics, and promotion of the health products he and his colleagues have created.
I wish him well. I'm glad he wrote it, and glad I read it. I hope I can be as healthy and successful someday.