Finding Ultra

Finding Ultra

Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

Book - 2012 | 1st ed.
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"Finding Ultra" recounts Roll's remarkable journey from an overweight 40-year-old to the starting line of the elite 320-mile Ultraman competition in a beautifully written portrait of what willpower can accomplish.
Publisher: New York : Crown Archetype, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Branch Call Number: 796.42 ROL
Characteristics: xvi, 272 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,25 cm.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [263]-268)


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This book has been so motivating for me. After a winter slump, it was just what I needed. It's a great story about a man pulling himself out of the miry clay of alcoholism and becoming an elite athlete. Richard Roll came off rather arrogant and a bit full of himself. But rightly so, considering what he has achieved and how he continues to lead his life. During many of the most critical moments of the events he was doing, he seemed to have such intense negative thought but with the help of his crew he was able to get back into the game. Some recognition needs to be given to those who coached him, and were support crew. Richard goes into a lot of detail about his diet. He's not only an Ultraman, but he's an extremist with his Veganism. I'm a vegetarian and have learned a lot from his books on nutrition. I checked out another of his books, "The Plant Power Way" by Richard Roll and his wife Julie Piatt; who, by the way played a significant part in his success also. She made a lot of sacrifices to help him achieve his goals. I'm a vegetarian and in this way, this book has inspired me as well. I have learned a lot more about fueling my body when I am doing the sports I enjoy and have already seen a difference in my performance by making just a few changes. There are so many books out there about people telling their story of overcoming adversity and achieving incredible feats. I'm sure they all are just as good, but this is definitely an inspiring story.

Feb 03, 2018

Great read and very motivational.

Aug 06, 2017

I highly recommend this book. Great writing and such a page turner.

Jan 09, 2015

I've always felt like exercise and training is as much a spiritual act as it is a physical one. Rich Roll has written a book that gets to the heart of this better than any author I've read so far.

I don't understand the comments about "self-promotion" or "bragging." One, this book is written with a tone of humility that I really appreciate. But, perhaps more importantly, it's not bragging if you actually did it.

May 21, 2013

Super motivating story and excellent nutrition tips in the index. A must read for anyone training for intense competition, especially tris or marathons.

Dec 23, 2012

A gripping, well-told story with some shameless self-promotion. That said, it is definitely worth reading. This guy tests his limits, for sure. And reveals his flaws as a human, including a battle with the bottle.

Aug 28, 2012

I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. It is a well told story about life's very low lows and very high highs and all the places in between where we find and create ourselves. Engaging, fun and inspiring.

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