So, my overall goal is to walk into the gym on my 50th birthday, and do the 1000 lb thing between bench, squat, and deadlift. After that, I'm going to send in my AARP application, hah! (I'll continue lifting of course.)
I have no aspirations to compete, I guess I've just had my fill from my young(er) days.
My minimum(s) for the respective lifts are 315 squat, 405 deadlift (already there as of last week), and none for the bench (I've done 225 from pins in the power rack months ago). The squat is the toughest for me, due to long legs, short torso.
I have, and have read, the 5/3/1 e-book, which taught me the most important lesson of all when it comes to strength training -major in the majors!!! So, I rotate the 4 major lifts, but I don't follow the rep/set scheme, because it does not fit my personality/mentality.
I probably lift about 5 times every 2 weeks. Since my squat is so sucky, I will do 2 squat sessions for every one deadlift session. I bench for show right now, so I am doing the incline bench instead of the flat bench. e.g. squat, incline bench, squat, military, deadlift, incline, squat etc...
edit to add: I lift w/o belt, wraps. Chalk for hands on deadlifts. Vaseline on shins for deadlifts (no more bloody shins!), vaseline on back for squats (still get scrapes, just not as bad).