Originally Posted by Sir Humphrey Appleby
The running club site isn't great for me, I'll keep an eye on Runner's World though. Will I be able to find a suitable pair of XC shoes from my road running shoe fit or should I go to a shop to have them fitted specially?
its always better to have running shoes fitted in store. xc shoes are minimal, light, and often tight (some are assumed to be worn without socks) - because xc races are usually run on grass/dirt paths/mud/snow which is softer.
Originally Posted by samblackbones
Can't decide if I want to get Garmin 610 or not . . . .
i upgraded to a 610 from a 405. the 610 is actually simpler to use in comparison with the 405. here's a garmin forum sub forum for the 610 to see the issues/pros/cons: https://forums.garmin.com/forumdisplay.php?f=282
personally my favorite feature of the 610 is how easy it is to change sports (from run/bike) by holding down a button for 3 seconds. one thing I don't like about the 610 is that there is no manual screen lock and a strange "power save" feature you need to think about before the start of a race.
as mylesmyles mentioned the 910 is excellent too.. especially if you swim or plan on doing triathlons.
two deals on the watches (complete with new hear rate monitor strap) from holabird sports. the 610 has a free $50 gift certificate and the 910 has a $40 gift certificate both with free shipping. I'm almost tempted to by another watch with the gift certificate and perpetuating the gift certificate cycle!