In October I had the chance to go to Bend Oregon for the Bend Outdoor Worx Venture Out Conference to talk about the Catalyst Pedal. I was part of the 9 people selected out of 40+ who applied to come and present in front of 450+ people about my business.

When I had applied for the conference I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d never done anything like this before but they were promising a chance to go spread my mid-foot position propaganda to a bunch of people, which was good enough for me.

So when I got the call that I’d been selected I was looking forward to it. I’d never had the chance to talk to that many people before and I was excited to do it.

But when I got on the plane on the way to Bend I was starting to feel a little nervous…I literally hadn’t had a chance to even start working on my presentation.

Between getting sick and other “life” stuff I didn’t get to spend any of the time I had planned to get my presentation ready. This meant that I was going to have to come up with it and memorize it in just a couple of days.

A funny thing happened, though. The time crunch forced me to keep things simple and just focus on what I knew –

The story behind the Catalyst Pedal and how it is helping people and changing lives.

Instead of trying to impress everyone with a bunch of numbers and charts I figured that if I lost then at least I went down doing my thing.

This let me relax some and I was able to get my presentation together and walk on stage feeling pretty confident. And here was the result…

While you don’t see it on the video, I ended up winning my category and getting to walk around the rest of the night with one of those giant checks. While you don’t think about it, carrying one of those things around presents some interesting challenges and a lot of “better find a really big bank” jokes.

It was a great night for a lot of reasons…not finding out I have stage fright and running away, getting to share my story, getting some people to re-think what they thought they knew and being recognized by group of successful entrepreneurs as a company that is doing some cool things.

Once again, however, I have to bring it back to everyone who has supported us from the beginning. Without all of you there wouldn’t be a Catalyst Pedal or opportunities to like this to help spread the truth about foot position and pedal stroke.

So thanks again for all that support and I hope that I can continue to do a good job of repaying that support with great products and service for you.

Until next time…

Ride Strong,

James Wilson

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