A graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Law School, Rich is a 47-year old, world-renowned vegan ultra-endurance athlete, wellness advocate, husband, father of 4 and inspiration to people worldwide as a transformative example of courageous and healthy living.
After succumbing to the sedentary throes of overweight middle age, at age 40 Rich overhauled his life, adopting a plant-based whole food diet and reinventing himself as an ultra-distance endurance athlete. And just a few years later, Rich clocked top finishes at the Ultraman World Championships and cemented his place in the pantheon of endurance greats when he was the first of two people to complete EPIC5 – 5 Ironmans on 5 Hawaiian Islands in under a week. That’s a full iron distance triathlon — 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2 mile run…5 of them!
Rich is the author of the #1 bestselling inspirational memoir Finding Ultra and the host of wildly popular The Rich Roll Podcast, at the top of the charts in iTunes
Just Begin, Mood follows Action - Rich Roll
"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is considered resignation is confirmed desperation." - Thoreu
2:38 - Rich explains a motivational quote
4:50 - Rich's background - how aspirations can take a back seat when you lose focus
11:45 - Rich explains the "Window" diet, and what it did to him.
12:26 - Rich's Pivot Point occurred at 39 when something significant occurred that caused him to rethink everything
16:00 - Frankefoods and addiction
21:50 - Rich talks about External Motivating Factors - but permanent change must also come from ....
24:00 - Taking the first steps
28:30 - From initial steps of a juice cleanse, to near failure. Find out what he did that allowed him to get through his near failure
33:30 - Release yourself from trying to be perfect
39:40 - Proving the body is incredibly resilient and setting challenges
43:42 - The Epic 5 - This is pretty crazy
49:44 - Final thoughts and the keys to success - Tune In
50:52 - Rich answers the 30 day hypothetical
What Would Spike Do?
Spike entered the Epic 5 only to discover his legs were too short and he couldn't swim. Rather than concede defeat, he strapped on 4 arm floats and went on with the challenge.