Finding Ultra by Rich Roll (Audio Review and giveaway!)

Right around the time that Rich Roll was about to turn 4o, he took a good hard look at his life.  Nearly 50 pounds overweight he wondered if this was his future… more and more tired, no energy and unable to climb a flight of stairs without stopping to catch his breath. 

Rich describes himself as having a very addictive personality… he never did anything half way.  If he sat his mind to something, he was going to do it… in his younger years he learned that the hard way when he decided if he was going to have one beer, he might as well have 10…. (but that is another story….)

Rich immediately took inventory on what he had been eating and how he had been washing his years.  He changed his eating habits overnight, making all processed foods off-limits and made plant nutrition and working out part of his daily plan.  In a few months he had turned himself completely around, now fit and a drive that was unstoppable.

Finding Ultra is all about Rich’s change in his eating and the way he thought about food and exercise.  Once he conquered his eating habits, he then challenged himself by running and biking and eventually the Ultra Man World Championship Competition, which is by invite only, 320 miles of running, swimming, and biking.

Finding ultra takes you through Rich’s life, his strong desire to succeed at a young age, to his fall into alcoholism and out again.  Rich’s story in one of never giving up on your dreams.

Why did I want to listen to this book?  I am fascinated with people who turn their lives around for the better.  Always searching myself for the next big thing to try, Rich’s story was right up my alley.

I really liked that this audio book was narrated by author Rich Roll himself.  After all, who better to tell his story?  Rich’s narration of his life is well told, starting out wanting to be a swimmer even when his school did not have a swim team.  What you learn quickly is once Rich sets his mind to doing something it more than likely is going to happen.

Rich lays it all on the line, leaving nothing back as he shares his battle with alcohol and what it cost him.  I enjoyed most his story of how he became fit again, how he tossed out all foods that were processed from his diet and never looked back.  In the very end chapters Rich goes into great detail about what he ate and how he prepared it, which I found very interesting.   I even tried the coconut water which he swears by for putting electrolytes back into his body after a work out.  He said to freeze it so during your work out you can drink it as it thaws. 

Uh yeah… more power to you on that one Rich, I could not choke down the funny tasting coconut water.  :D

I enjoyed this audio version of Rich’s story and found it inspiring to see that is really is never too late to make positive changes in your life.  I understand that what Rich did was extreme, but even small changes can make a difference.  I picked up some good tips on ordering out and work out habits.

It is audio book week and every audiobook I have reviewed this week has come with a giveaway!  Comment on this review and be entered for a chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card to  go towards an audio book (or book) of your choosing :D

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Audible.com (you can hear a sample here)

About Sheila (Book Journey)

Bookaholic * Audio Book Fan *Bike Rider *Rollerblader *Adventure Seeker *Want To Be Runner*Coffee lover *Fitness Fan * Movie junkie

Posted on June 28, 2012, in Audio Giveaway, audio review and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.

  1. I too love hearing about people who change their lives for the better. I applaud Rick for cutting out processed food cold turkey. Don’t know if I could do that!

  2. i know exactly what me means by “addictice”personality…not 1 diet coke but 6, not 1 beer but 7…guess you could apply it to my book buying too! thanks for the forewarning on the coconut water…and i hope you don’t write a post on angling for an invite to that race!!

  3. John Ross Barnes

    Mmm, my first wife once referred to me as “Mr Everything to Excess” – and she said it like it was a bad thing. When I used to do a lot of biking, 30 years ago, we always drank our honey water luke warm, because “cold water dilates your blood vessels and you can’t perform as well”. No idea now if that’s really true, but cold drinks are SO much more rewarding – I really don’t care.

    Thanks for this, sounds like a good audio book

  4. I once told a friend it was a good thing I didn’t drink or do drugs because of my additive personality. Turns out, it’s mostly reading ;-)
    Love the story…adding to my tbr list.

  5. I can see why you loved this book. I also enjoy these kinds of success stories of those who turn their lives around and better themselves.

  6. Author narration can be so iffy, glad it worked here!

  7. It makes me want to take a good hard look at my life. I’m all for small changes.

  8. Sounds like another great choice for audio.

    Maura

  9. This sounds like the perfect motivational audio book. I’ve committed to losing weight this year and have lost 41 pounds so far … 39 more to go! Maybe listening to this audio book will keep me even more focused on my goal. Very nice review and thanks for the opportunity.

    Steve

  10. I’ve tried coconut water. I didn’t hate it, but it wasn’t terribly interesting …

  11. This is my kind of book! You know I love an ultra… even if I shouldn’t and most likely won’t get to train for one again (boo). That’s okay, aren’t books like this so inspiring?!!!

  12. I just finished reading a similar book by Dean Karnazos about running. I’ll have to look for this one!

  13. Everyone says coconut water is so refreshing. I think I’ll trust your word on this one!

  14. As a 40 year old who needs to make some of these same changes I should probably get a hold of this book!

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