My cousin is flying out from the East Coast to ride STP with me. We've both been training like mad for months, but this weekend he crashed pretty badly into a guardrail -- the usual road rash, plus a punctured thigh and a nasty looking football-sized bruise above one hip. He says he's not so worried about the actual injuries but he's concerned that the associated loss of fitness might take him out of the ride. He hasn't given up just yet though.
My cousin is fairly young (34, I believe) and generally very athletic. He's a triathlon guy and in years past has done the kinds of rides that advertise crazy steep climbs (for instance: http://www.winthefight.org/savageman...port_Wall.html). I have only seen a picture of his bruising (which is really bad), but I think it's possible that he could pull this off anyway.
On the other hand, I've done enough PNW rides to know that you can't trust people when they tell you a ride is basically flat. I've never done STP before, but I hear a lot of people say it's not an especially hard ride. It looks like day one has one big climb, and day two has a bunch of short steep spikes. I have a hard time translating that into cumulative difficulty without having done it.
So I what I'm looking for is a voice of reason one way or the other. Is this ride easy enough that a fairly fit person can manage it three weeks after an injury? Or is it hard enough that this might be a deal breaker?
As a Plan B, and I realize this might be just plain stupid, I think I might be able to get access to a tandem. Neither I nor my cousin have ever ridden a tandem before. How dumb would it be to spring that into the plans at this late date?