Did my first cycle at age 25, did what I thought at the time was plenty of research - in hindsight, I really didn’t know what I was doing. Cycle was only 5-6 weeks long (forget exactly, it was in 99). I was coming off vacation and signing up for my second MMA fight.
It was in Guam, and we were fighting under Japanese rules so 189 and above was heavyweight. I didn’t want to cut, so I was fighting heavy. I was being told my opponent was 240, and not wanting to give up too much weight I decided to gain weight during my fight prep (great idea, right? Would have done better if I had stayed natural and trained my ass off)
In 5-6 weeks I ramped up to a peak of 1000mg Sustanon and 600mg Deca per week, in one big injection. I had gold balls in my ass weeks after coming off. AIs were unheard of back then, aside from Nolvadex (and no, I didn’t use that either). No PCT either. Gained 20+ pounds, big and smooth with horrible bacne - someone commented it looked like I’d been hit with a cactus.
Had absolutely no gas for the fight, and was completely worn out about 30-40 seconds before the end of round 2(only 2 rounds). Luckily my opponent was too, but he still won the decision.
Not sure how I managed to not completely screw up my test production, but my guess is the blend of long and short esters in the Sustanon basically formed a sort of taper. Didn’t keep any of the weight, and hard to say how much strength I actually gained since I was training for fight endurance.
So, yes, I regret doing this one when and how I did. Should have stayed natural, eaten like a horse and trained my ass off. At 209 I only ended up giving up about 10 pounds (opponent apparently lost weight during fight prep). Ah, youth.
Oh yeah, and I used what I had because it was cycle leftovers given to me by friends.