My brother and his wife have decided to ride the "Freeze Your Fanny" event in Longview, TX on February 3, 2018. I did try this event a few years ago and found it hilly and cold. What's new, there are hills and the date is February 3rd. So, I guess I am in with the trike. Probably not a good idea, but good ideas do not come my way very often.
They are offering a number of distances. I am considering the 50 mile course which does feature a little over 3000' of climbing. That is major climbing for this time of year. The only way I know to prepare for this much climbing is to go ride hills. If anyone knows a better way, please let me know. I have gone up River Mountain and Fort Roots in the past week. About a month ago I rode up the East Side of Petit Jean. That was a climb.
As anyone that has spun the pedals on a recumbent trike knows, the weak point of a trike is climbing. However, there are actually some good points about a trike on a hill, such as the fact you can stop, rest and start again without unclipping or falling over. As long as speed is not an issue the trike is just fine on a hill.
Considering all this, am I ready for 50 hilly miles in the cold on a trike? If everything works out to attend this event, I will know in a few weeks.