Good post Dave. Too often people try and "chase two rabbits at once" and never get anywhere.
Strength before strength endurance.
Read the book... then start the program. Don't do anything because you "think you're ready". And try and eat more than 3k calories/day. If you tolerate milk well, drink a lot of freaking milk along with your food.
As for "weight gain" and "muscle vs. fat"... I don't know.
Keep us updated.
And if you don't think kettleball squat cleans are difficult, I say, step up to the med-ball
- CJ Kim