Bad news. I've had to cut the cycle short. It's a little complicated but I'll try to explain in as few words as possible.
Basically I've had some major muscle imbalances for a while now. They were a result of my natural body structure and ignorant training on my part. They included a nasty APT that was caused by extremely weak hams and glutes as well as an extremely overactive lower back. I've strained my lower back several times in the past and it dominates on just about every posterior chain exercise I perform. This has all led to a pretty bad case of quadriceps tendinosis in my right knee. Basically the tendon connecting my rectus femoris to my patella hurts like hell whenever I do any kind of squat.
I also have a weak upper back when compared to chest because of a high school football coach who didn't believe in performing any kind of rows. It's gotten bad enough that I basically have non-existent posterior delts and rhomboids.
I spent the last 5 weeks before the cycle on a training regimen designed to address all these issues. I wanted to get my hamstrings strong enough to deal with the amount work they would be doing during my cycle workout plan and not worry about pulling them. I also tried to bring up my upper back as much as possible.
So it all turns out that I didn't make as much progress in these areas as I'd liked to and I severely overestimated my work capacity while on the cycle.
8 days into it I was so overtrained that it wasn't even funny and my knee hurt worse than ever. I've realized that several things caused this.
I trained hard for 5 weeks straight without any kind of down week before the cycle. This led me right into the workout plan that I listed in the beginning of this thread. If you take the time to look at it you'll see it's a very demanding one.
I overestimated how hard I'd be able to train while on cycle. I basically thought I would be superman and not have to worry about recovery. I didn't take into account that the steroids wouldn't necessarily prevent my already drained CNS from becoming overtrained. I was doing very CNS intensive training 6 days in a row. Not a good idea.
I didn't make as much progress in fixing my muscle imbalances as I thought I did. My hamstrings were so beat up after the first week that the thought of doing sprints as scheduled this last wednesday made me shudder. That's when I knew I needed to stop and re-evaluate things.
I decided to end the cycle because my CNS really needed a break. Even if I cut back the volume and frequency it would still be a struggle. I haven't trained since Monday 10/8 and I'm not lifting again until this Sunday.
After this week off I'm taking, I'm going to take another four weeks to help fix my imbalances. This time I will be training 4 days a week, cycling the intensity of the workouts so that the CNS really only gets pushed 2 days per week. I will also cut the volume in half during the 4th week to deload before resuming the steroids.
I've decided that I will just run them for 3-4 weeks straight. I also realized as I was using the orals that I wouldn't have enough to run both 3 week cycles. I didn't take into account that some of the liquid would be left in the sachets and some would be left on the side of the shot glasses I was using to take them.
I'll just take the doses for as long as they will last me during this next cycle, which will be 3-4 weeks by my guess. Dealing with these liquid orals has been a pain in the ass. I'll definitely stick with pills next time I decide to use orals.
So to sum up the cycle, it lasted for 8 days. My weight went up from 197 to 204 during that time. I did start to see strength improve after the 3rd or 4th day but it quickly went down hill from there as I wasn't recovering from my workouts. Most of that weight gained was water, but my muscles were definitely looking alot fuller. I chose not to tell anyone including my girlfriend, but she started noticing that I looked different after only 4 days. She told me I looked "huge".
Now 4 days after stopping the cycle, I am down to 200. It will be interesting to note if I end up keeping any gains. I took nolva 20mg for two days post cycle just for good measure. It looks like almost all of the water weight has been lost and I'm guessing now that I'll end up weighing somewhere between 198-199. I guess keeping about 1.5lbs after just an 8 day cycle isn't too bad.