looks like we're in the same boat. this is my first semester at a community college in mississippi (their "P.E." classes are walking and bowling!). I bought my mountain bike after I joined a spin class. What are your spin classes like? Our instructor races professionally, and he kicks our a** every time.
Are there any cycling clubs in your area? If so, and they have organized rides you're interested in, once you get your bike, try it out! I joined a local cycling club this summer, and it's been great.
see you around the forums