This is my 5th year in the sport. Historically I have raced sprints and olympics, but am planning on completing a 140.6 in 2013. I started out with a very entry level Cannondale Synapse that I still love. I dreamed of buying a tri bike for a while, read reviews, did test rides of various bikes, and in 2010 bought a Felt B12... and never enjoyed riding it (did get fit on the bike, made tweaks afterward, but was never able to get comfortable in an aero position). I would find excuses (e.g., the course map looks hilly!) to race and train on my road bike instead. So, while the Felt looked beautiful hanging on the wall in our guest bedroom, I wasn't using it, and I sold it this weekend.
This happened somewhat quickly, so I am still trying to figure out where to go from here. My current thought is that while I hated riding the tri bike, I love my road bike. However, my road bike is heavy and has been abused a bit over the last five years, so my tentative plan is to buy a nice(r) road bike.
I have a few ideas - Specialized Ruby, try a nicer level Cannondale Synapse, etc. (I realize these two examples are women-specific bikes, but that is not all I am looking at), but would love input.
The Trifuel forums seem to be full of 'tri bike x or tri bike y' discussions, but I am curious if anyone has any road bike recommendations... Or even just advice on good websites to read reviews and find more information.