HI TO ALL,just bought my first bike its a kona jake the snake any good?do any of you ride these bikes?ok i need to no what sort of pedals/shoes you all use please they have got to be easy to clip in and out of and the shoes,do you use road or mtb shoes please?im also looking for help on how much training i should be doing hope you can help thanks for your time
Kona JTS is an excellent bike. If you're looking for good cross clipless pedals, eggbeaters work very well, as do shimano's top end mtb pedals. You need mtb shoes for cross, not road shoes. I use lake cycling shoes and shimano pd-959 pedals (eggbeaters as well on another bike).
im also looking for help on how much training i should be doing
Short answer: As much as you can.
One nice thing (IMO) about cyclocross is that the races are an hour or less, meaning you don't have to do mega mileage to have some success. But it is an endurance sport. Even if you are not road-racing during the summer, you should be riding the tough Tuesday group rides in your area, and getting miles in over the weekend. Oh, and don't forget your running.
These comments apply only if you want to race well.