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Ultra Man Rich Roll

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Endurance athlete Rich Roll

What allows a man to go from 50 pounds overweight, struggling with alcoholism to one of the 25 fittest humans in the world in just two years? Rich Roll made this journey after a sobering wake up call.

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Today he is running ultra triathlons, living clean on an entirely plant-based diet and spreading his gospel through his book and popular podcasts.

Just a few years ago, Rich was depressed, overweight and drinking too much. Approaching 40, Rich had a health scare. Instead of ignoring it, Rich committed himself to changing his ways. He revamped his diet, reignited his love for swimming and launched a middle-aged assault on the Ultraman World Championships, one of the most daunting endurance races in the world.

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Finding Ultra, by author Rich Roll

Two years later, 50 pounds lighter, and fueled by nothing but plants, he surprised the triathlon & ultra communities by not only becoming the first vegan to complete the 320-mile über-endurance event, but by finishing in the top 10 males (3rd fastest American) with the 2nd fastest swim split — all despite having never previously completed even a half-ironman distance triathlon.

In 2009, Rich returned to Ultraman twice the athlete he was the year prior. Despite a stacked field, he took home first day honors with a blistering 2:21 swim victory (6th fastest of all time) and a third fastest bike leg to win the day with a 10 minute lead on the field. On Day 2 Richard suffered a serious bike crash but managed to salvage the day in 6th place overall. With an injured knee and shoulder Richard nonetheless went on to a 7:51 Day 3 double-marathon to hold onto 6th place overall.

In May 2010 Rich and fellow ultra-athlete Jason Lester succeeded in their EPIC5 quest—an unprecedented feat of astounding endurance that encompassed completing 5 ironman distance triathlons on 5 separate islands of Hawaii in under 7 days. Rich recounts his inspirational story in his bestselling book FINDING ULTRA.

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But what makes Rich truly remarkable is that less than two years prior to his first Ultraman, he didn’t even own a bike, let alone race one.

This man is on fire, and I’m pleased to have him join me on The Edge this week. Tune in Wednesday morning at 8am Pacific.

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