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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 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 "
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"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"
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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-TimeStage 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

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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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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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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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Overall I enjoyed this book and would recommend however I understand how it may not appeal to everyone.

The book is essentially split into 2 parts: the first describes the authors early life and his descent into alcoholism whilst the second covers how he took on the challenge of an ultraman triathlon and his conversion to a plant based diet.

I found the first part of the book slightly superficial and found myself skim reading some sections. Note that i work as a therapist so perhaps would want something more "confessional" than the average reader of this type of book.

The sections of his book covering the training and preparation fro ultraman were far more interesting and enjoyable leading up to the challenge of 5 Ironman in 5 days!

I find myself disagreeing with those reviewers who feel the author is over evangelic about the vegan diet. This lifestyle is clearly an important part of Rich Roll's conversion from alcoholic to Endurance athlete and his coverage of the topic seems well researched. there is plenty of information for anyone wanting to try this for themselves.

Overall if you like this kind of book you will probably enjoy this and find plenty of inspiration for your own challenges
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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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Honest and engaging, and full of helpful health advice. Rich Roll writes about the power of determination and about the capacity we all have to transform ourselves. I learned a lot from this book. Some people feel he's preachy and annoying but I didn't experience that. Sure, he talks about his expensive blender and his vegan eating plan - but that's what worked for him and the book is mainly autobiographical. The point is, something different may work for you, but you are capable of much more than you think.
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