Από εδώ και πέρα θα ακούμε όλο και περισσότερο για αθλητές και υπεραθλητές που είναι χορτοφάγοι και μάλιστα vegan. Ο σκηνοθέτης του Τιτανικού, James Cameron, τους έκανε μάλιστα και ντοκιμαντέρ. Οπότε ας ετοιμαζόμαστε σιγά-σιγά για μία έκρηξη από καλλογυμνασμένα σώματα, τα οποία είναι και vegan. Ναι, θα τα λιγουρεύεστε!

Για σήμερα και τα δύο μας μάτια είναι αφιερωμένα στον υπεραθλητή Rich Roll, ο οποίος “βαφτίστηκε” από την αμερικανική έκδοση του περιοδικού Men’s Health ως ο πιο fit vegan του κόσμου.

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Live a balanced life. Eat a balanced diet. Fuck that. Fine for a life of mediocrity but not if you want to experience the best of what the human experiment can deliver. I refuse to feel shame for my predisposition to the extreme. Because the inherent promise baked into our prioritization of balance — contentment — is a flawed premise . For I have found myself most gratefully alive, engaged, myself, and at peace when I'm far afield of my comfort zone. Out on a limb. Brushing up against the unexplored. And pushing beyond perceived limits — all times most would consider "extreme" and woefully "out of balance". Yes, the pendulum must always swing back – and without fail swing back it does – that is the natural order of things. But this question of balance is not only misplaced, it's the wrong question altogether. Instead let's ask ourselves, "what makes you feel the most alive?" And start doing more of that. . For more thoughts on this subject check out @bstulberg's piece in today's NY Times entitled "Maybe We All Need A Little Less Balance". I was honored to share a quote in the article. Click link in bio to read. ✌🏼🌱 -Rich 📷 by @tomash_j . . . #inspiration #motivation #veganathlete #performance #goals #mindet #mindfulness #veganaf #selfhelp #richroll #fitness #fitnessinspiration #vegansofinstagram #vegansofig

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Η ηλίκια του 51 ετών. Ωραίος και ώριμος σαν ένα αβοκάντο (μην με παρεξηγήσεις λέω κάτι δικά μου).

Μέσα από το άρθρο του δημοσιογράφου Mark Lelinwalla στο περιοδικό μπορεί να μάθεις κανείς μερικά πράγματα για την καριέρα του Roll, αλλά και γενικότερα για τη ζωή του. Όπως για παράδειγμα, ότι παλιότερα είχε εθισμό με το junk food, έκανε καταχρήσεις με διάφορες ουσίες και είχε θέμα και με το βάρος του. Πλέον, ο Roll είναι συγγραφέας, αθλητής, έχει το δικό του pod cast και σίγουρα μπορεί να γίνει έμπνευση για όλους.

Ανάμεσα στους αθλητικούς του τίτλος υπάρχει αυτός του παγκόσμιου πρωταθλητή στον κολυμβητικό αγώνα Ötillö. Ο εν λόγω αγώνας, που έγινε σε ακτή της Σουηδία περιλαμβάνει 40 μίλια τρεξίματος και 6 μίλια κολύμπι.

 

Ακολουθούν μερικές φωτογραφίες από το προσωπικό του Instagram. Προσοχή στις ταχυκαρδίες.

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7yrs ago, I released my first book – a redemptive memoir called #FindingUltra. It created more impact than I could have possibly imagined. I’m super proud of that. But over the last few years, I couldn’t shake the feeling that the book is incomplete. It failed to tell the whole story. Because what has transpired since 2012 is equally if not more dramatic — and perhaps more relatable. So I decided to rewrite it. . . . . . Today I'm thrilled to announce the release of the brand new updated and revised edition of Finding Ultra. A page 1 overhaul, it’s now 100 pages longer + 30-40% brand new material. A new Foreword. A new 50+ page prescriptive chapter that chronicles my journey to present & lays out in detail all the tools, practices and strategies I employed to transform my life in mind, body and spirit.
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It also includes a robust recipe section, a 7-day eating plan, my cleanse protocol, and a robust, updated series of appendices to take your discovery further. And frankly, it’s just better writing throughout (have you ever gone back and read something you wrote 6 or 7 years ago? It's like that). . . . . . This is not a book about running. It’s not a book about how to be a better triathlete. It’s a book for anyone who feels stuck. It's about refusing to settle for less, and the path towards a life fueled by meaning and purpose. It's about accessing untapped reservoirs of potential. It’s about self-actualization. All told, it's about how – together — we can move towards our best, most authentic selves.
It's finally the book I always wanted it to be. . . . . . Even if you enjoyed the original, you will find the updated edition more than worthy of your attention. And for those that enjoy audiobooks, I re-recorded the entire thing, with downloadable pdf files of all the appendices. . . . . .
If you have benefitted from my free content over the years, and it feels right to you, it would mean the world if you trusted me with a purchase (link in bio – just $7.67 on Amazon right now!). Thanks for all the love and support — without all of you, none of this would be possible. ✌🏼🌱 -Rich

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WATER. I grew up in it. It’s my natural habit. As a young person — confused & unsure — I felt apart from my peers. I had trouble relating. I struggled to make friends. And I was no stranger to being bullied. Water was my safe place. A womb-like home that comforted and insulated me from the noise and uncertainty that enveloped my on-land experience. I came to love the water. And it loved me back. It has taken me to great athletic heights. And to this day, it has never failed me — a welcome domicile that always clears my mind, empowers my body, cleanses my soul and elevates my spirit. * * * Your relationship with water may not be as intimate as mine. But it is nonetheless essential. And something most of us simply take for granted. But a staggering 663 million people currently lack access to clean water – that’s nearly 1 out of every 10 people worldwide. The problem is big. But it’s also totally solvable. So, in celebration of my 51st birthday, I partnered with @scottharrison’s incredible non-profit @charitywater to help bring clean water projects to those most in need. * * * To date my birthday campaign has raised over $47,000. THANK YOU. You are incredible. But we are still a bit shy of my $51,000 goal. Help me cross the finish line. Please visit my fundraising page (clickable link in bio) and consider a donation — every penny counts. * * * Let’s change the world together. ✌🏼🌱💦 – Rich 📷@dave.zammit my.charitywater.org/richroll . . . . . #vegan #water #charitywater #cleanwater #giving #service #charity #nonprofit #veganathete #veganaf #vegansofinstagram #motivation #inspiration #swimming #openwater #fitness #health #wellness

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THE PHONE📱An appendage, the mobile device has become for many the primary relationship of our digital age — a virtual extension of our physical selves, built into the very fabric of how we live our lives day to day, moment to moment. This relationship hasn’t just changed my life, it’s given me a life — an incredibly powerful platform upon which I have built a career; a portal that allows me to communicate directly with people all across the world in service of a message that I deeply believe in. For that I’m incredibly grateful. But therein lies the rub. Because left unchecked, I’m primed to lose myself in it’s tantalizing tractor beam, rationalizing the lure as part and parcel of what I do, and therefore who I am. But this is an illusion. Because without boundaries, my appendage works at cross purposes with my best self, luring me away from the present, distracting me from what’s truly important, and undermining the quality of my life experience. Balancing its undeniable usefulness against my admittedly unhealthy compulsive tendencies is a dance I have yet to master. Daily meditation and mindfulness practices have been crucial in reframing this relationship. Knowing when to turn it off and setting up rules around posting and perusing has definitely helped. But work remains. Today I awoke before dawn. I meditated. Then I couldn’t resist checking my appendage, followed quickly by the impulse to share these thoughts. Is that I good thing? I honestly don’t know. How do you manage your appendage? I’d love to know. In the meantime, it’s a beautiful Sunday. I’m turning off the phone. I’m going to enjoy my family. And spend time outdoors. ✌🏼🌱 – Rich 📷by @dave.zammit

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EVERYONE'S A CYCLIST BEFORE THEY'RE AN ATHLETE🚴🏾This week I sit down with former pro cyclist @philgaimon to talk cycling, clean sport and what happened when he achieved his childhood dream. It’s a conversation about misconceptions — what it’s actually like to ride at the highest level. And yes, we talk about doping — cycling’s sordid history with PEDs, the hows and whys behind Phil’s persistent refusals to dope, what it meant to him to race clean and stay clean, and what he foresees for the future of the sport he loves. But at its core, this is a conversation that demystifies one of the world’s most unique, most colorful and most drama-riddled professional sports through the eyes of someone who actually lived through it. Enjoyed talking to Phil and hope you do too! Available everywhere you feed your ear hole with delicious pod. ✌🏼🌱 – Rich http://bit.ly/richroll315 . . . #cycling #bikes #ridebikes #podcast #rrp #endurance #motivationmonday #fitspo #podcasts #podcasting #richroll #tourdefrance #philgaimon #procycling #garmin @castellicycling @ridecannondale @francobikes #health #veganathlete #veganaf #vegan #vegansofig #cyclinglife #cyclingphotos

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The training is hard. I'm very self-motivated but that doesn't always mean it's easy to lace up. But when I switch off the brain, allow mood to follow action and get out the door, I make space for progress, growth, compassion for self, others and the environment we all share. It's the lifestyle that keeps me coming back – not the races or results. A gift that never stops giving & always provides. A vitality, presence and sense of wonder that allows me to – even if just temporarily – transcend my admittedly often myopic, limited perspective on life, potential and the mystery of possibility. Have a great weekend everybody – may you find yourself in nature enjoying your version of my experience. #ThisIs50 ✌🏼🌱 – Rich 📷@tomash_j . . . #getoutside #vegan #veganathlete #veganaf #otillo #running #trailrunning #fitness #nature #ultrarunning #ultramarathon #fitnessinspiration #richroll #rrp #gratitude #motivation #weekendworkout #trainhard #inspiration

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