After a long time sitting on the fence about it, I have finally decided to try my first cycle. Even though I feel I have spent considerable time reading and researching, both here and at mesomorphosis, I still feel like there is much I do not fully understand. I know I may get flamed if people do not think I have at least tried to figure stuff out for myself, but I will not know unless I ask. First, since I know I will probably be asked for it anyway, I will give some info on myself.
Years training: 10
Weight when I started: 145
Current weight: 205
Bodyfat: I am guessing somewhere in the 12-14% range maybe a little lower.
Height: 6 ft 4(yes, tall, skinny ectomorph)
PR bench: 255
PR squat: 295
PR deadlift: 415
Goals: I am mainly interested in strength gains, while adding a few pounds of extra muscle, I would like to keep about 10-15lbs of muscle post-cycle. I would like to avoid gaining too rapidly or any obvious physical side effects (bloating, acne etc.) because it is fairly important that it is not too apparent that I am using.
Now, on to the proposed cycle options. I have a source set up who is recommending I run 2 amps/week of Sust, stacked with Deca for 8 weeks, which is similar to other beginner cycles that I have seen but I have decided I do not really want to go with Deca. The orals I have available to me are Dianabol and Winstrol. In his drug profile of Sustanon 250, Bill Roberts mentions that a steroid novice could very well put on 20 pounds just taking 250mg/week for 8 weeks, but this is contrary to what I have read on some forum posts. Even Bill says on some posts that less than 500mg/week is a waste. If I could get away with just 1 amp a week that would be great, but I do not want to waste my money. I am leaning towards just doing Sust at 500mg/ week, but I would be curious to hear what kind of gains the vets think a beginner might get from just 250mg/week. I am also curious to know if suppression would a problem at that low of a dose. Obviously, if I go with 500mg/week, I plan to use Nolvadex during the cycle (10mg EOD starting week 2) and Clomid, post-cycle (50mg/day for 3 weeks). I was also thinking of either stacking with oral Winstrol, or doing a slightly shorter cycle of Sust (6 weeks) and then switching to Winny taken just in the morning while natural test recovers for 1-2 weeks.
As I said, my knowledge is by no means extensive. I have done lots of reading, but I still feel confused and worry that I maybe misinterpreting some things. So, go ahead and give me your advice/criticisms.