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The book can be best described as consisting of three sections. The first section is the author's journey from a bright and promising childhood to an adult life of alcoholic addiction, followed by sobriety, then followed by junk food and screen addiction, then followed by his journey to being an ultra-athlete and a triathlete. The book is very honest about life situations faced by the author, which led him to the decisions that he made. The author's journey from someone who had the ticket to join a number of ivy league universities (Havard, Stanford) to getting into rehab for alcohol addiction is very honest. The books lay bare all the wounds suffered by the author.
The second section is about the training and experience of the author while training and participating in Endurance events. The author also reveals to a certain extent his spiritual discoveries as he prepares for Ultraman competition. Once again author is very forthcoming with the challenges faced, making him look like an ordinary guy who is trying to juggle so many things. The books also document the author's journey of EPIC5 - Five ironman distance triathlons, each on a different Hawaiian island, all completed in less than a week.
The third section is about Nutrition. This talks about author's discovery of Plant-based nutrition. The book talks in detail about the food choices that the author makes and the reason behind it. The book goes in detail in debunking lots of food myths, especially in the fitness/endurance field. The appendices offer lots of information, indices, as well as resources for anyone interested in switching to a plant-based (read Vegan) nutrition or diet.
I loved reading the book and there were lots of takeaways. I will strongly recommend this book to anyone who is or looking forward to being an endurance athlete. If you are planning to lose weight or have a dream of running a half-marathon or complete a triathlon event, then this is a must-read.
A must read. Rich Roll has become one of my favorite people lately. I loved this book. Beautifully written. It’s a story of will, discipline, dedication and most importantly spiritual transformation. This man shows that it’s never too late to get your shit together. And it’s never too early to start. And that there's no destination. It’s a journey. A lifelong journey. And it all starts within. Looking inside. Discovering your authentic self. Rise and Shine!
Well on the road to perdition, Rich Roll tells us the extraordinary tale of how he picked himself up (on the eve of his fortieth birthday, no less) and achieved a near impossible level of fitness, thanks to his newly found love for Vegan food and support from his family! Rich is as good a storyteller as any accomplished author and he takes us with him on his Ultraman and EPIC 5 journeys.