If you're just getting into to road riding, I think you should focus on training, fitness, bike fit, and mot importanly having fun. Join a club and go on some group rides. Start learning how to ride in a paceline. Experience will then tell you how far and in what direction you need to upgrade.
The Ace is an entry-level road bike, and not really optimized for racing. But then, if you're new at this, you probably aren't either. And even after you're ready to upgrade, you'll be glad to have a backup bike for sloppy training rides or for use on the indoor trainer.
Training: 2002 Fuji Roubaix Pro (105 triple)
Commuting/Daytripping: 2001 Airborne Carpe Diem (Ultegra/XTR, touring wheels)
Commuting/Touring: 2000 Novara Randonee (Sora/Tiagra/LX, fenders, lights)