This site is awesome. I've been reading it for over 18 months before registering and have read all the pertinent stickies and tons of relevant posts. Though I can't promise everything got through my thick skull, I have learned a ton already.
I'm 41 years old, lifting for 15 years, just over 6'3 tall, up from skinny but not lean 180 lbs to a husky-muscle 267 lbs (21% bf). Yes, I know ideally I'd be much leaner before going on cycle, but now is the only time I've got three solid months to dedicate 100%, and frankly I prefer a thick powerlifter look (yeah I'm a freak).
My gains were pretty limited in my late 30s due to low testosterone. It was a relief when it finally fell out of normal range and I could get a doctor to do something about it. Cream did nothing, so I've been self-injecting for 18 months, 200 mg/1 x wk test-e for the first year and switched to 200 mg test-cyp weekly due to doctor preference six months ago. I've noticed no difference between the two esters but my well-being and physique have vastly improved since I started TRT.
Here's my cycle:
W 1-3 Sustanon 250mg E3D
W 3-10 Test Enth 250mg E3D
W 11-12 Test Enth 250mg twice a week
W13 - indefinite back to TRT Test Cyp 200mg/wk
W 1-12 Adex 0.25mg EOD (reduce to 0.125mg EOD in last week)
Nolva on hand, just in case. I've also got a bunch of Proviron if that's useful.
I had planned a test-e only cycle initially, but my trainer suggested kickstarting with the Sustanon with the fast-acting test prop since I had a few weeks worth on hand.
I lift heavy 4x/wk, twice with a trainer, walk 40 minutes a day and stationary bike 3x week on top of that.
I'm keeping a food log and shooting for 600g protein daily right now which seemed impossible at first but is getting more in reach. I took in 589 g yesterday. My appetite is off the hook which helps. The bf percentage doesn't lie; I eat all kinds of meat, lean or not, veggies and mostly brown rice, but if I'm starving and want a couple of burgers I don't stress over it since leanness has never been my goal. I never eat fried or snack foods though, that stuff is gross. Ideally I'd like to add 20 reasonably clean lbs since it's my first cycle though my trainer suggests 12-15 is more realistic.
Any suggestions from the many guys on here with a lot more experience and knowledge? Recommendations on transitioning from Sust to test-e, and on stepping down to my regular TRT dose?
I'll post back here once a week with results. After seeing how well my body has responded to TRT, I'm eager to see what a simple cycle can do. I held myself back for 18 months to see where the TRT took me and I believe the time to do this is now.