International Julbo Athlete Krissy Moehl sets new Standard on the Tahoe Rim Trail
California’s Lake Tahoe is surrounded by the 175 mile Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT). Trail running phenom and Julbo Athlete Krissy Moehl is surrounded by a drive to amass fastest-known-time (FKT) attempts. That Krissy would attempt an FKT on the TRT was only a matter of time.
Armed with the new Julbo Breeze and a crew of 12 excited friends focused on the challenge of running the TRT faster than anyone else, Moehl took to the effort with a quiet smile, dirt-caked legs, and her inexhaustable engine.
In an impressive 47 hours and 29 minutes, Moehl broke the previous record over the 175 miles by over two hours and set another mountain-running standard.
Julbo Athlete Manager, Gina Lucrezi caught up with Krissy in the wake of the for a short Q&A:
GL: 175 miles is a long way for the body and the mind. What was it that hooked you? Why the TRT?
KM: Originally, I fell in love with one mile of the trail. Two years ago I gave a presentation at Alpenglow’s Summer Festival and got to run on a very small segment of the trail. Then, finally, earlier this summer, I thru-hiked the trail in seven days. Creating this connection with the area and trail motivated me to have a different, faster experience.
GL: Ok, so you're sold. I’m assuming the planning comes next. How do you even begin structuring such a production?
KM: The thru-hike was hugely helpful. Knowing the trail that intimately helped me visualize and plan the many pieces. I am a planner by nature, a spreadsheet dork and organizer, so I enjoyed putting those skills to play in preparation for this goal.
(Photo: Jeff Fisher)
GL: We all know the moment you reached the “finish line” was most likely your most memorable moment, but other than that, what do you consider your favorite section?
KM: The moment I realized how well my crew was jelling. Leaving Brockway I realized that both crews were together. My planning had it that one crew would skip ahead so that they could get some sleep. But they were having such a good time together that they continued meeting at all of the planned crew stops. Having all of this positive energy around me each time I came to a crew stop and carried on to the trail when they were pacing me made my job incredibly easy. I didn’t have to worry about anything except for left, right, left, right, eat, left, right, left, right, eat...
(Photo: Gina Lucrezi)
GL: In almost any race, a runner experiences highs and lows. How did you bounce back from the lows?
KM: I’m also a problem solver and I try to pay attention and figure out what is causing the lows. After 100 miles, the higher altitudes were starting to factor into my ability to move as efficiently and that started to bum me out. My pacers were awesome and kept me going and once I got back to lower (below 7500 feet) altitudes my efficiency came back. Being aware of what caused the lows allowed me to work through them better during the climbs.
GL: During your run, was there anything you learned about yourself that you didn’t know before—conquering specific demons, pushing harder than you thought possible, etc.?
KM: I learned that I’m not as scared of wildlife (bears) as I should be.
I was lucky to be included on Krissy’s crew, so I know first hand how hard she worked to achieve her FKT. Lets just say there is nothing that can stop her when she is focused and driven (which is all the time). Thanks Krissy for taking the time to do the Q&A, and congrats on again!—Gina Lucrezi