Finding Ultra by Rich Roll is an inspiring read written by a phenomenal ultra endurance athlete.
Rich Roll was about to turn 40. He could barely make it up one flight of stairs.
As a previous collegiate swimmer who battled extreme alcoholism, Roll uses his courage and persistence to completely revamp his lifestyle for a second time.
Roll wants to change his life, and he does. He looks to his wife for guidance and overhauls his diet. Then comes the endurance.
Roll is driven, still maintaining his law firm and family life, when he decides to trains for an Ultraman competition (a 320-mile swim, bike, and run).
He eats a plant-based diet and promotes finding protein from other sources than animal products.
My favourite part of the book was when he and Jason Lester undertake the EPIC5 challenge of five iron-distance triathlons in five days, on five Hawaiian islands. I couldn’t put the book down during this part!
This book is powerful. It’s a moving memoir that should inspire both athletes and people who are looking to change their lifestyle. Although most people will never achieve what Roll has, it is a stunning example that we do have to power to change our lives.
If you are vegan or contemplating it, it’s also a good read to see how his body runs off plant-based fuel.
He has inspired many, being named one of Men’s Fitness magazines top 25 fittest guys in the world in 2009. CNN has highlighted him on more than one occasion. His last appearance was on CNN Fit Nation with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Chrissie Wellington!
I highly recommend this book to anyone, but especially to endurance athletes.
Would you consider an Ultraman? Veganism or vegetarianism?