Hope this question won't get me laughed at too much, but here it goes:
I am a 31-y-o female who only began to cycle a year ago after not having been near a bike since age 17. I ride an IGH city bike for transportation and a vintage 12-speed Motobecane for light touring. I have pretty much learned cycling from scratch over the past year. I have never ridden a fixed gear bicycle, and have never ridden clipped to the pedals.
Recently I visited a velodrome with an acquaintance - not to ride, just to watch. So I watched, and it was one of those "and the angels began to sing" experiences. I can't get it out of my mind, and now I want to do it too.
What course of action would you recommend for someone like me? The velodrome has no programmes for beginners, so it is up to me to get myself to the shape and skill level where I'd need to be. So what should be the first step, including what kind of bike to get? Is it better to start with a fixed gear roadbike and get comfortable riding it in a local park? Or get a track bike straight away? ...Or am I just too old to start at this point and shouldn't bother?
Your advice appreciated!