Well, I wouldn't mind doing a little racing, or group rides on the side after I got a little more fit. I'm looking at beginner bikes, and based on my budget, bikesdirect is more than likely where I'll end up purchasing one, despite some of the negative reviews I keep seeing. I feel a place like that is great for bikers on a budget, and for beginners looking to get a little more bike for their money. And there isn't too many LBS around this corner of Vermont. A couple, but I wasn't impressed by one of them.
Not sure if I'll be able to swing it this year, but my goal is to at least have one so I'm ready to go by next spring.