I am in a unique situation. I have only been cycling for a few months, and I am in college (little money), so I am still riding with toe clip pedals. I did some extra work Saturday now I have money. While I was at the Tuesday night crit earlier a friend gave me a pair of shoes, so now all I need is pedals.
While at the same crit another friend was talking about going to the Walnut Grove Road Race in Spartanburg, SC. http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1424075 If I go to the race I will be catting up to the 5s. I will have to borrow a few things such as a pump and repair kit.
I only have money for pedals or the race, so weigh in with your expert opinions.