This book had been recommended to me by sooo many people! And I’ll be honest and admit that I originally avoided the book as I thought that it was aimed at those interested in Ultra Marathons, which, I am not.

However, after the sheer number of recommendations, I decided to find out more about it. Once I had read the book’s blurb on Amazon, I added it straight to my basket!

The author’s back story

I read that the author, Rich Roll, was an “average” 40-year-old. He was slightly overweight, living off processed foods, and not in the best of health.

Then one night, he realized that he couldn’t climb the stairs in his house without becoming out of breath.

That was the day he decided to change his life.

He went on to become one of the fittest men in the world, taking part in Iron Man Triathlons and other insane physical challenges.

Now, I’m not really interested in the triathlons themselves, but what I am interested in is his mindset.

For Rich to turn his whole life around, break almost every bad health habit he had (including a dark spell with alcohol abuse), and go from an overweight 40-year-old to trying to do 5 Iron Man triathlons in five-days, is no small achievement.

I wanted to know how he did it.

What did I think of the book?

Having read the book, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed it and I am so grateful to all those people that made me take notice of it.

The book is interesting, entertaining, inspiring, motivational, and it was a little unbelievable in places too. The book reminds me of “Can’t Hurt Me” by David Goggins, who, coincidentally, is mentioned by the author in this book.

Rich tried to complete five triathlons in five days, and (spoiler alert) although he didn’t quite manage them all in the desired time period, it’s still is a crazy achievement for anyone!

Even more unbelievable is his friend Jason. He was attempting the five triathlons in five days along with Rich, but Jason only has one arm!!

I would have liked more information on Rich’s mindset change and what helped him to “flip the switch”, but it was still a very worthwhile read.


As well as the author’s entertaining story, he includes a lot of information on his nutrition.

Throughout his health-improvement process, the author became a vegan. He calls it the “Plant Power Way” and due to his extremely high activity levels, being vegan can present a few nutritional challenges. However, the book details what he eats on a daily basis, along with lots of recipes for you to try out yourself.

Personally, I’m on the fence when it comes to veganism, and I could argue cases for and against it. But whatever you think about veganism, you’ll find lots of information in this book with regards to it.

What did you think?

This review is my own personal opinion of Finding Ultra.

If you’ve read this book, don’t forget to leave your own review in the box below. 

Roseanna x

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The entertaining life-story of a middle-aged man transforming himself to become one of the fittest men on the planet. Proof that it's never too late to improve your health and change your life.

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  1. This guy is insane. I am working on an Ironman now, but I will not do five in one week! And I like meat too much to go vegan.

    1. Agree! Personally, I could not go vegan. I do LOVE fruits and vegetables but would personally struggle without eggs, milk, fish, and meat. But yes, the guy is crazy to take on such a challenge, but hats off to him for going all in. It was a tremendous effort!

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