I have been slacking off for most of the summer. I am still in decent shape, but I really want to get into ludicrously good shape for the 14-15 race season. This is the first summer that I have decided to do specific workouts instead of just doing hiking and biking when I feel like it. My current plan is:
Alternating between day 1 and day 2:
Day 1: Strength Training
Light cardio warm-up, 10-15 min
Body weight exercises including squats, lunges, wall sit, plank, and push-ups (30-45 min)
Light cool down & full stretching routine
Day 2: Endurance/Cardio Training
Bicycle 5 miles to local ski resort (Gunstock)
Do some hill-running up the ski trails (1-2 miles, depending on which trails are mowed)
Bicycle 5 miles home
How does that look? I get the feeling that what I am doing is not enough. Should I up my bike distance to 15-20 mi?
I will be investing in a barbell, squat rack, and weight plates as soon as my parents give me the green light. Will a standard bar & weight set do the job or should I get an Olympic bar?
When I get a barbell, I will do deadlifts, squats, and lunges with it, following a weight training program that suits my needs.
Also, I am trying to find a good way to improve my balance related to skiing during the summer. Are there any exercises that don't require much equipment that I can easily add to my current routine that will help improve my balance?
Finally, I have read in multiple locations that doing lots of cardio/endurance training can damage the results of strength training. Is this something that I should worry about?
Thanks, and sorry for the long post. These are probably really obvious questions that I am too blind to see the answers to. lol :P.
Edit: I am 14 years of age.