Thanks for the great replies everyone. As Allen and Robb have mentioned I am going to build my strength base and then shift toward an endurance based approach. The current plan now is to do 6 months of pure strength training using Bill Starr's 5x5 template with a few changes: switch bench with weighted dips and rows with weighted pull ups, as well as including an abs and back circuit 3 days a week a la the Mass Gain template in PM 17. After I build this strength base, I plan to switch to an endurance/strength based template for 3 months. This would be something like the ME black box program outlined in the PM journals. For the final three months I plan to train for volume and endurance and really get at it until my ship date.
Russell, I appreciate your post on overuse injuries and stress fractures. To address this I plan to jump rope as a warm up and cool down for my work outs. Hopefully this will address any lower body stress related issues I may encounter when I begin the shift towards endurance. Let me know what you guys think of this revised plan and I'd like to thank everyone again for taking the time to read and reply to this.