So, just some calculating out loud (maybe someone else will find some benefit in it).
A novice in their first year of training (sortof me, I trained sporadically for a long time but not ever an entire year), first year = 20-25lbs of muscle. I will go with the lower which = 1.66 lbs of muscle per month.
Since fat holds more calories than muscle, I am going to go with 2200 calories surplus per 1lb gained (some muscle, some fat, unavoidable).
so thats 3652 over maintenance per month, per day (/30) that = 121 cals. Will call it 125.
My maintenance appears to be in the region of 2450-2650, so will take the upper bit (am doing more physical activity and exercise) and call it 2600.
So bulking calorie level 2725, or thereabouts. Unfortunately I started a little higher fat than ideal, but there we go, I can manage another weight loss phase when I reach 205-210 (and I shouldn't be too plump then).
So, 2725 cals for 3 months maybe then another dieting phase. Will adjust according to average weights per week.
Sorry for bowing out of this competition, just wasn't practical with the gym stuff going on for me. Still logging you guys scores in my spreadsheet and the wonderful prizes still to be won