Tim Egan and David Brooks are my favorite (male) NY Times opinion columnists. I've read two of Egan's books, one (The Worst Hard Time) about the Dust Bowl, the other (The Big Burn) about the great Rocky Mountain fires in the early 20th Century.
This is Egan talking about his friend John Rudolf, old enough one would suppose to ease up a bit, but bent on climbing yet another mountain, this time Everest. In the article, Egan describes his friend's cycling life. David S, do you know this guy?