Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever.
In October 2006, the night before he was to turn 40, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly 50 pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich. Plunging into a new way of eating that made processed foods off-limits and prioritized plant nutrition and daily training, Rich morphed - in mere months - from out-of-shape midlifer to endurance machine. Ninety days into his physical overhaul, Rich left the house for a light jog and found himself running a near marathon. It was time to scale up his goals.
How many of us take up a sport at age 40 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 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.
This is more than an inside look at a series of jaw-dropping athletic feats or a practical training manual for those who would attempt a similar transformation. Yes, Rich’s account rivets and 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 life has posed numerous physical and social challenges, including a fierce battle with alcoholism.
Ultimately Finding Ultra is a beautifully written portrait of what willpower can accomplish. It challenges us to rethink what we’re capable of and urges us, implicitly and explicitly, to “go for it”.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 48 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||22 May 2012|
|Publisher||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 1,213 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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2 in Running & Jogging (Audible Books & Originals)
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I discovered Rich Roll Podcast on YouTube about a year ago and thoroughly enjoy and appreciate his life story, psychological transformation, accomplishments, and inspirational life practices.
He interviews guests who are all like-minded regarding personal evolutional, spiritual growth and having a Nobel aim as a life journey. I could go on and on...GREAT stuff !!!
I would have liked a more comprehensive list of foods somewhere, instead of all of them broken up, but all in all, it was a good story, he is informed about nutrition and has learned what he knows both by trial and error and research.
If nothing else, if you don't change your diet or exercise, or anything else, it inspires you to look at your own life and see where changes might be in order.