I was up to 188 from 160 on my goal of 200 lbs. I wanted it by christmas, but around the beginning of november I got sick which started killing my progress and I lost appetite. It progressed into some kind of infect and dropped me to 173... its been two weeks and so far I have gained back 7 pounds and im at 95% or more of previous strength. but there is no way I can put on 20 pounds in that amount of time, and I still dont have my appetite back. I was considering extending my bulk until the last day of feb, but thats a little too late for me. I need to get cut down to 170 for track season, which starts towards mid march. and I am starting cardio once the new year rolls around so it will mean I need even more cals. Im not sure if I should just give up on trying to gain and just start a good recomp for about two months then cut, or what the hell to do... I know your prolly like why the hell bulk to 200 then cut again that close but, I wanted to keep as much muscle mass as possible so I had crazy strength for season. Im a sprinter so I dont need more cardio that that 24seconds or less push, which I can get thorugh my sprint training for the three months previous to season. I just need the power to get my times down, and yes I know I need fast twitch not just bulk. Ive had alot of sprinters on here give me advice and my coaches are good. Also sprinting=good core and arms not just legs, so its good to have a fit top shelf. I workout full body so Im in overall great shape right now, I just want that extra edge because I am determined to tear up this year... So if anyone has some advice on the best way to get the most muscle and be lean by the end of march. hit me up, because Im pretty lost on exactly where I need to be.