Don't let your condition get any more away from contest shape than it is now. In fact, you're a little bulkier than you need to be for off-season. The more "shit" weight you gain, the more wasted time dieting when contest time comes around. I learned this the hard way. If you cant see your abs, its time to drop some fat. Everyone needs to recognize that the off-season bloat should be primarily water and some fat. Not lots of both.
I am not planning to compete though. All things being equal I wish maybe I had done it when I was younger. But i turned 36 this year and with everything I do it would be very hard to concentrate fairly on a show.
I own 2 companies that are both starting to gain momentum and get off the ground. And on top of that I still work full time. I am about to start a new job as a matter of fact as a national sales manager running the US operations for a very large multi-national company.
Oh, and add to that having 3 beautiful but young children, 7,6, and 4. And a wife who I only spend time with 1/3 of the month due to a 80% travel routine.
Yeah, so, no shows for this old man. I just love to lift. I mainly train in Muay Thai and BJJ and if anything my main focus is raw power and speed. I am suprisingly fast even at this weight and the muscle helps a ton in BJJ to power out of some subs. My main goal now is to drop down to about 210 for a grappling tourney in december.