My experience over the last year with cutting and bulking is negative. It seems like I lost a ton of strength during an extended, slow cut that I did NOT appear to gain back with my recent bulk (only about a 10% body weight or 20 lb change from high to low).
Granted, I'm a two day a week lifter, am 50, and don't get optimum rest nor food! I also know that my programming isn't on point because I purposefully limit myself to two trips to the gym per week. That said, I am crystal clear on my goals and that is to make my squat, deadlift, and bench press go UP. I also think that my training, though not optimum, is pretty good. I log everything, measure my volume and intensity closely, and have tweaked carefully in hopes of getting back to where I was "pre-cut". I thought the lid would come off of my strength during my bulk- it didn't!
In retrospect, I think cutting/bulking appears to have hindered my progress almost as much as injuring my shoulder back in 2016. Any thoughts on that? Is it just me, or does anyone else have a similar experience?