In late March of 2017, Project Y: DK200 team camp was held in Portland, Oregon. It was hard, a different hard than pushing your bike over a mountain or sleeping in a ditch on the side of the road hard, a different hard than having fever dreams in the Andes or carrying your bike up a glacial river hard, but hard nonetheless. And it was amazing, not just because it was hard, although hard things are often the harbingers of the amazing, but because there really was a sense of synergistic, full-spectrum, human murmuration happening and that’s a rare feeling, the potential of collaboration and community.
We had a couple days of intense multi-tiered multimedia plate spinning; plates in the form of have five Subject Athletes coming in from all of the world (yes, Sarah flew in from Colombia), scheduling time with academic experts, and trainers and coaches flying in to give in-depth presentations on their high tech equipment. Plus the camera operators, the sound and lighting crews, and the production people coming in and out with fans, ferns, tacos, sparkling water, megaphones, etc. It was a circus, or at least a spinning plate convention, but it worked, we made it through. It helped that everyone had the best intentions, from what I can tell there were no prima donnas [Unless I was a prima donna; gang was I? You have to tell me, don’t fear reprisal, send an anonymous letter, send a singing telegram, but for the good of us all please clear the air.]. What we realized is that to pull off something like this it it doesn’t take an army of people, it just takes a crack squad of badass operators, some extremely long days, and a limited amount of sleep. Maybe all it takes is a question and the drive to find the answer.