Got my first road bike (since I was a kid anyway) in 2005 and been riding regularly since.
Last year was my first year of Cat 5 racing and was steadily improving until an accident in July ended the season for me. Was improving in crits by doing those with some regularity. Only one time trial and two road races. The time trial wasn't bad at all for first time and just throwing aero bars on my road bike. Road races are not my thing though - don't have the build or fitness for the climbing.
Gave cyclocross a go in the fall. Was terrible but had fun.
My first race of this season will be Sunday - a crit in a local park. Haven't trained this year as much as I should have so we will see what happens.