I am in week 2 of a 12 week plan to do squats twice per week. Nothing super heavy at this point.
Squats make my legs VERY sore. The soreness can last for 3 to 4 days. I am 6' 4" and race at ~173 lbs. I have decent cat 4 endurance, but need a lot more power to stay in the same zip code as the sprinters 200 meters from the finish. I am 34 and just started seriously training (after a 10 year break) 17 months ago. I am on my bike 10-12 hours per week.
Do you think squats have made a big difference in your race results or the race results of people you know?