Hi, thought I would introduce myself here. I am 49 and have been active most of my life, but never seriously stuck with weightlifting until seven months ago. In my youth I raced bicycles on the road and track. Over the last 10 years, I have mostly been active in ocean swimming, completing the Alcatraz swim a few times (sans wetsuit) and the Waikiki Roughwater several times along with some others. Nothing super long like the English Channel though, I get bored after a couple of hours!
I moved to Australia from the States a couple of years ago and this last Australian winter got me going to the gym to keep busy and focus some of the rage (current suck ass job situation) I have into productive pursuits. I found this site and decided 5/3/1 was for me and I have completed 6 full cycles. I wanted to up my game on squats so just finished the Smolov base meso protocol. You can read about it over that away: http://tnation.T-Nation.com/free_online_forum/sports_body_training_performance_bodybuilding_strength/first_week_smolov_completed
This week I am twiddling my thumbs a bit as I recover from Smolov and prepare for a PR test to see the effect of Smolov on my squat. Once that is over, the tentative plan is to go back to 5/3/1 through summer and then do a full smolov base and intense meso cycle next winter. I will probably get back into the water for a few swims, maybe do a few of the 2km Bondi swims, but nothing much.
My weightlifting goals with no real time frame to meet them are a 3 plate (140K) bench, a 5 plate (220k) squat, and a six plate (260k) deadlift.