I have cleaned my shoes and the tent is still drying - shoes were rank I washed all my race gear and managed to completely forget about them still tired but had a sleep in today so back on track Pilates tomorrow!!
Have I mentioned I am super stubborn? I kept on going (by this point B had decided the conditions were horrendous and he knows I wouldn't stop even when I should've and he and MC came to find me). I got to about 500 metres from the next aid station and they caught up with me. They took one look at me and manhandled me out of most of my sopping race gear into some warm dry clothes and gave me a shake and some sugary nakd bar. The next 500m was the slowest ever as my right quad was cramping and very hurty and it was clear that getting to the finish line was not going happen. I had a nice visit with a paramedic and a ride in an ambulance back to the start. I headed for the showers (slowly ) and found Bookie and Red Stripe. After a lovely long hot shower we wandered up and had some hot food and a couple of hot cups of tea.
So lessons to take away? I am not bigger than the conditions - dress appropriately even if it says it is Summer. Stay super warm up until you start. Know when to call it a day - I hate quitting and will go until I can't go anymore (I struggle with this one). Even in the depths of a horrible race you can always say thank you and attempt a smile to the Marshalls and the other competitors who tried to perk me up when they could see I was flagging.
Thank you my Piratey friends you are all amazing xx