After we got back to HQ (after DNF) we decided to help out where we could. Another team called in with an injured ankle, so Barb asked if we could go pick them up just east of CP7 and bring them back to HQ. (Coach LD stayed at HQ to help there, and Becky went back to the hotel.) Long drive to and from as there tons of rain and some fog making visibility horrible. Passed several teams biking down the "Bunny Trail" (Short course), and some teams on foot on Clear Lake Rd while on our way up. Found them, packed them in, handed them the hot chocolate that we brought for them, and made our way back to HQ.
By 3am I was getting pretty tired and had OM drop me off at the hotel for some sleep. She went back to HQ as she said she had a bit more left in her. I think she got back to the hotel around 4:30 - 5:00. We got up, showered, packed up our gear and went into town to eat a good breakfast. Bacon, eggs, and hash browns never tasted so good :)
Back to HQ to watch the other racers come in. It was really cool to see these fantastic athletes arrive after battling such a brutal course (full and short coursers). Tons of respect for all of them. Hope to be one of them next year :)