I've set my sights on a meet here in Portland on June 22. Though I haphazardly did a power clean competition in 2011 this will be my first actual powerlifting meet, so I'm pretty stoked. Since I've been hovering comfortably at 215 for over a year now I'll be competing in the 220 lb weight class. I considered 198 but I don't want to worry about cutting or weight manipulation for my introductory contest. I'm just going to get as strong as possible and worry about myself.
It's tempting to post goals right now but I'm so far away from doing singles that I'm not going to worry about that just yet. As for my programming? Continuing 5/3/1. I'm planning on rereading 5/3/1 for Powerlifting and determining if there are any noteworthy arguments for switching the weeks up when I'm currently enjoying success off the present scheme, but if there is it should be a fairly painless transition of simply making the change for a new cycle.
My California trip showed me that the Swiss bar is amazing for the straight bench, but I had trouble going from the safety bar squat to a normal squat. I have no concerns with my pressing, but I plan on doing straight bar squats as assist work for awhile before switching from SSB max squats to straight ones entirely.