hey, good post! i was actually gonna start a thread here for the newer folk....
anyway, my first was test enanthate. there area couple things i did wrong, and i couple i did right. i had been training heavy for about 7 years, and had plateaued for about 2. i used test @ 400 mg/wk for 8 weeks. i gained a ton of weight on my bench-from 295 to 360. also, i did not drink any alcohol while i was on the cycle, and let my roommates know what was up, and if i had any weird medical issue they were aware.
however, at the time i just had a big breakup with my GF at the time, and had no appetite. i lost almost 25 lbs because of this (but ironically the cycle still made me strong as hell-bench 360 @180 lbs!). also, i did use an anti-e (or even have one on hand), but i didn't have any issues there. or do a real PCT....at the time...getting anti-e's and Clomid was hard as hell in my area. at the end of the cycle i did some really high dose Tribuls supplementation....not the best route.
regardless, i retained all my sterngth gains from the cycle and stayed pretty cut.
in retropsect, i would've added Proviron to the cycle, and had Nolva or Clomid for PCT.