Even though this is your first time around those doses are low. Both myself and AR and zillion other guys have said the around 500 (I thiink he said 600) mgs of test is the number you want to shoot for if gaining size is the goal. As for 400 mgs of eq I ran that low once and wasn't happy, that was of course after the first time I ran it around 600 mgs a week and I LIKED IT ALOT!. Do you have the hunger? If not up it/get some more and run it around 500-600. IMO 600 and 600 would have been great or even 500 and 500. Not sure that really helps at all right now though?
As far as Dan Duchaine is concerned, yes he made a few valid points with some of his theories, however, most of his theories were over the top and were viewed by many in the field as controversial. He based a lot of his decisions on generalizing situations which cannot transfer to every man or woman. One cannot generalize AAS useage for everyone. My biggest problem with Dan Duchaine is that he had no formal education in science or biology. Plus, he failed miserably as a competitive BB. If anyone reads enough about the ins and outs of steroids they will get a pretty good theory of how they exert their effects within the body. But would you not want to get advice from someone who is college educated in their field of expertise?