I've been lurking for years, and you've all been a great inspiration and a fantastic source of information.
I'm looking for a little advice.
Here some background info... please let me know if more information would be helpful at all---
I'm 27, male, and have been training about 3 years. I'm 5'11", and weigh 188 pounds as of this morning. I lift 4 days a week. My wife and I also keep up a fairly heavy running schedule, as we just did a half-marathon last month. Balancing my need to be a supportive spouse with my desire to get bigger has been VERY difficult. I know a lot of you would say "give up the running" as your first piece of advice. Please pretend for right this second that's not an option.
My lifts were all on a plateau for like a year. So I started on creatine 3 weeks ago. Maybe it's placebo, maybe not, but ALL of my lifts starting going up like crazy. I gained about 5 pounds practically overnight.
Now... here's where the "please help me" comes in. We are going to Australia in December. I have 16 weeks. Whatever I have done to my body seems to have put it in the "mood" to grow (despite all the running we're doing). I know that 16 weeks isn't a long time. I would LIKE to bulk up for part of it, and cut for part of it, so my beach bod is ready for Australia.
How many weeks should I bulk, and how many weeks should I cut, to maximize results in this short 16 weeks?
I'm having my bodyfat tested tomorrow morning, which should help make a decision. My guess, and it's hard to be objective, is that I'm in the lower 'teens.