The work Alfredo Lebron puts in during the offseason may be just as important as what he does during regular season competitions.
At least that’s how he feels.
“I am taking two weeks off at the beginning of the summer and then I will be back out running,” he said. “Other runners will take off more time and I will have that little bit of extra training on them.”
The Moffat County High School senior-to-be was named the 2011 Western Slope League runner of the year for varsity track and field by the WSL coaches after the league meet May 13 and 14 at Mesa State College.
Lebron took first place in the 1,600-meter run, 3,200-meter run and as part of the 4-by-800-meter relay at the WSL meet.
The junior competed in the 4A state meet the following weekend and took third in the 1,600-meter run, fourth in the 3,200-meter run and fifth as a member of the 4-by-800-meter relay.
“I ran hard at every meet, even if that meant I was running by myself,” Lebron said Tuesday. “I wasn’t so much competing against my competition, but rather against my own personal times.”
On April 15 at Coal Ridge High School, Lebron ran the 800-meter run in 1 minute, 57.78 seconds, beating the old MCHS record of 1 minute, 57.93 seconds.
Lebron’s distance coach, Todd Trapp, said Lebron’s offseason training is a difference maker.
“Alfredo puts in the time and works very hard to reach his goals,” Trapp said. “He is a very driven runner and doesn’t like to get beat, so he truly focuses on what he wants and works to obtain those goals.”
Lebron said while he doesn’t do overly arduous workouts in the offseason, he runs to keep in shape and to be ready for when he has to compete again.
“Just running long distances gets me in the shape I need to be in,” he said. “Running the same speed for a long distance gets me in running shape and makes it that much easier to start workouts and pace training when the season starts and I need to get into race shape. I will be ready to push harder and train better.”
Trapp said Lebron’s performances in the league meet and the state meet show he was the best runner on the Western Slope this season.
“Alfredo continued to have the best performances over the course of the season,” he said. “When he went up against Western Slope League runners, he was very dominant, and the other coaches saw that.
“Alfredo was one of the top kids in the state in his races.”
Lebron said he already has goals set for next season — under 4 minutes, 15 seconds in the 1,600-meter run and under 9 minutes, 20 seconds in the 3,200-meter run.
If both goals are met, Lebron will set two more school records before he graduates.
“When it comes time for the first meet, I will set a goal and then judge the rest of my season on how I start,” Lebron said. “I learned a lot off this last season and I think it will help me in my senior year.”
Lebron will compete in his final season of cross-country in the fall before he gets back to the track.
But, he said he knows he will be one of the top guys to beat next season.
“As a junior this year, I feel I was one of the best underclassmen in my events,” he said. “I will have high expectations next season of how I perform in both cross-country and track.”
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