Well, you could just forget 5/3/1 until after Grappler's Quest, and just do some maintenance sets on your regular DL days up until a week or so before the competition.
I'm thinking about that, but I'm not sure how heavy and how many sets/reps to go to maintain. Doing the same weights for the deadlift but only getting my goal reps, never going AMRAP, is possible. But I am not sure I'll be satisfied with that, and I'll either go AMRAP anyway or add on a pile of extra accessory movements anyway.
But it's a thought. If I can just restrain myself...
Another option is I could reset 5/3/1, do the first reset weeks, and just not pull AMRAP on the third week. That would amount to a lighter single a week before on my last workout. I'll play with the numbers on that, that might work.
Or you could do the cycle, but just cut it short, and skip the 5/3/1 week's lifting day, or delay it until after the competition. Either way, if you only miss a couple of weeks of heavy pulling, you won't lose anything and you can just pick up where you left off.
It's true, but I prefer to keep my cycles clean and tight - 3 weeks hard, 1 week light, no breaks in the middle. That's just my preference, really.
I don't want to switch to something crazy-new (like doing a cycle of EDT, or 10 x 10, or heavy circuits, or whatever) because I'm concerned about injury and DOMS. No new movements, no new volume manipulation, nothing too exciting. I'm less than 5 weeks out now so I can't be doing anything goofy.
But thanks, you've gotten me thinking about some different approaches.