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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Reprint edition (31 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307952207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307952202
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Nicklin on 25 July 2012
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Many people seem to critisise the book because of constant references to his Vitamix blender and his blend of special vegan supplements. This is a pity. I think it should be taken for what it is which is or was for me a truely inspirational and enjoyable read. I write this days before the start of the 2012 Olympics. The news over the last few days has been filled with violence and all that is broken with humanity. Yet this provided the perfect escape. The chance to indulge my imagination in positive inspirational fetes where someone does something the vast majority on the planet consider impossible. It just goes to show how amazing the body and mind are. For that I can excuse the product placement and the constant promoting of a vegan diet. As far as the author is concerned these are things that are the corner stone of his metamorphosis and therefore he has every right to be evangelical about it.

The great thing about read like this is their ability to open ones mind to new things. He like me, doesn't like the term vegan as for the vast majority of meat eaters it has massively negative connotations. By the end of the book I had developed a completely new view of veganism as well as a very healthy respect for it. Will I give up my rare steaks? Don't know - hard to imagine but I might be tempted to see what happens for 30 days say.

I like the style of the book. I never got bored reading it, in fact once he starts telling the story of his ultra triathlons and his adventures doing the EPIC5 challenge, I couldn't put it down. As a formerly fat middle aged bloke myslef who suddenly discovered fitness late in life I can really identify with the guy.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andy Flett on 25 Sept. 2012
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I've read a number of self development books and made tweaks along the way that have made a small difference here and there. But none like Finding Ultra. About 4 months before I read this book I'd embarked on a gluten free diet and a move towards vegetarianism. Why? I generally felt rubbish the way I was eating and couldn't shift the last stone of extra weight having been a runner for over 2 years but never achieved the results I knew I was capable of. Finding Ultra answered a lot of questions I had about reaching the next level, how can I improve my performance and everyday well being. I can honestly say in all my 39 years I haven't felt better now I've shifted to a predominantly plant based diet, lost the weight I needed to lose and found energy I never had before. Rich's story from college swimming success through alcoholism to ultra marathon champion is mind boggling. The book now resides in my kitchen, not the book shelf as it's packed full of great training, food & nutrition tips I'm constantly referring back to.

This is a must read for anyone looking for inspiration to get fit and healthy. It's never too late, age or weight don't matter this will give you the will to succeed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Comerford on 28 Mar. 2015
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As I hurtle towards the end of my fifth decade I realised I could no longer run sub-3 hour marathons, or even knock on the door of a seven minute mile. So I have not competed since the 90s and plodded along until I had a brainwave - (or went mad) - what if I could run slowly, but for a long way? First a year trimming down and running under 9s beyond 10 miles - then search for ultra. First came Dean Karnazes then eventually 'Finding Ultra' by Rich Roll. This is a good read for anyone who is unsure there is way, or way back, to fitness as the years go by. Several Americal ultra runners have similar stories, including Karnazes, and there is often a little diet faith attached as born again fitness needs a dogma. This apart, there is enough to encourage us older once wases to try to set new personal bests by going further. Rich Roll has done some incredible ultra triathlons and is honest enough to share his pain and his dogma. It could be the dogma is the key! Well worth adding to your library and to pick up to read if things look impossible. Good running and good reading to all.....
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Aphie on 24 May 2012
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Half of this book is an enjoyable account of how a life can be turned around to achieve something truly amazing. Unfortunately for the other 50% of this book I felt like a was stuck in an ad break. The constant product pushing was a real turn off for me. The narrative tends to jump around and sometimes I was left wondering if I had somehow jumped back a few pages by accident.

Unfortunately this book just didn't quite match up to expectation and to some of the truly inspiring and engaging stories out there (Mud, Sweat and Tears - An Irish Woman's Journey of Self-Discovery by Moire O'Sullivan being a great example). It's not a terrible book, but one which could have been so much better.
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This is an incredibly inspiring book. I bought it as a present for my sister in-law who is an amateur triathlete but borrowed it this year to take on holiday as I have recently transitioned to a whole foods plant based diet. All I can say is that it is a riveting story to read, I couldn't put it down. The result from reading it has been that I am completely inspired to get fitter (pre reading this book my only physical exercise was walking my dog, since reading it I have been on two runs, I have been swimming, I have joined a gym and taken a power pump exercise class - and this is all in one and a half weeks) and thanks to Rich's advice on how to train and re-fuel (especially when just eating plants) I feel great! The whole tone of the book is fantastic, it is never preachy or gloating (despite the author having achieved some incredible feats) It feels like a true friend is holding your hand and saying, "you can do this too". I would also recommend subscribing to the Rich Roll pod cast for continued inspiration :)
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