I'm starting to plan my potential first cycle and wanting to make sure I understand correctly. I'm taking most of my info from the newbie cycle, PCT SERM dosing, and thoughts on planning PCT threads, but sometimes it feels like the more I read the more confused I get.
Background info: I'm 31, 5'11", ~197, and about 15% or so. I started lifting about 10 years ago, but back then I didn't know much about what I was doing and I was sort of off and on throughout the years. I started to get more serious about things about 2-3 years ago and have been lifting consistently since then. I know I'm not quite at my natty potential yet, but the progress towards that feels like it's really beginning to slow, so here I am.
I plan to keep the cycle simple and intend to inject 1 ml test-e (300mg/ml) twice a week = 600mg/week.
The PCT and using AI or SERMs while on are where it starts to get a little confusing. Both my would be supplier and many other forums, and even some older posts around here, are suggesting that a nolva/clomid stacked PCT is the way to go.
From reading around here, that doesn't seem like the right thing to do at all, so the following is my current plan as well as a few questions/concerns:
wk 1-10 300mg test-e twice a week (Sun/wed)
wk 1-10 .25 arimidex EOD
wk 1-10 20 mg nolva ED
wk 11-12 20 mg nolva ED
wk 11 .25 mg arimidex EOD
wk 12 .125 mg arimidex EOD
wk 13-19 .125 arimidex EOD
wk 13-16 20 mg nolva ED
wk 17-18 10 mg nolva ED
The arimidex is there to control estrogen throughout the cycle and recovery, but is it necessary on this size dose of test? I know that SOME estrogen is necessary and beneficial. Also concerning arimidex, I seem to remember reading (I don't have a link, sorry) that arimidex can cause joint issues. Is that true and how badly? I've been having some joint pain, mostly wrists and knees, that wouldn't seem fun to exacerbate. I also seem to remember reading that using an AI with Nolva can make it less effective - will dose need to be upped to compensate for this? If using, is it right to taper it down to half previous dose during wash out?
The nolva during cycle is to prevent shutdown per KSman's thread and following through PCT. Is 6 weeks long enough? Or too long if it has prevented shutdown? Also, Cyco's thread suggests that nolva may only be "good" for 2 months. Does that mean that it shouldn't be run throughout the cycle if it's going to be used in PCT?
Let me know if I'm missing anything else. Thanks for your time and help.