In a college conference meet where an athlete may do several events over 2 days, do you need to train or prepare differently than you would for a traditional 1 day meet? For example, say an athlete does:
As far as training is concerned, the week of the 2 day meet you should lower the volume and make it an unload week. 1 workout that week would be sufficent.
As far as “being more fresh” for day #2 youve got a few options which most should be included. A good cooldown followed by 15-20 mins in an ice bath or cold whirlpool may help control inflamation and muscle spasm. A good recovery drink may also help in recovery as well as lots of quality sleep. If you have acess to massage or EMS that could also help.
Personally I find it difficult to compete in 2 day meets. I am very slow to recover and am almost always sore a day after sprinting or jumping. The reasonthis may occur in me personally may be due to number of events I must compete in during our 2 day conference meet which is actually coming up this weekend. On day 1 I have 100 and 200 trials and the long jump. And on day 2 I have finals of both sprints, the 4x1, and if I am still able to stand the 4x4 relay.
In the schools around here, due to less depth, it is not uncommon for people to run 5 events at every meet. At state, people have done up to 7 events. People get tired, but it helps the team points alot, too. I myself will run 100m prelims, finals, 200m finals, 400m finals, the 4x100m and 4x400m finals in one day at Divisionals this year.