Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself
On Sale: May 22, 2012
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Self-Help Fitness | Non-Fiction Sports
Finding Ultra is Rich Roll’s incredible-but-true account of
achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical
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.”
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