I'm currently following the 4 days per wk, 6 wk cycles outlined in beyond, and the deload percentages outlined in the original book. I've noticed that on my deload wk and on wk 1 of a new cycle I typically feel weaker than before deloading. As an example, I hit 355 x 5 on deads on my last 5/3/1 week (wk6), then deloaded (wk 7), and then yesterday hit a harder-feeling 330 x 5 during my 5+ week (wk 1). This is the case with all lifts.
This is a minor problem because I am seeing great results overall, and I'm happy to simply hit the prescribed reps in week 1 and then push things more as I pick up steam throughout the cycle. However, I'm curious how this will effect my performance at an upcoming powerlifting meet, and if I can/ should make any changes to accommodate this.
As of now I'm planning on following the pre-contest cycle as outlined in the Powerlifting Book, which culminates in a deload prior to the contest. However, my performance in the gym seems to indicate that I'd be better off going into the contest where I'd typically have my 5/3/1 week, as thats when I seem to be the strongest. Any suggestions would be appreciated.