In this video of my Gentec brother, Justin Firgaira, humiliating me and my small, fat arms, we discuss the focus of pre-contest training being to maintain strength. To do that requires the same training mindset used to gain strength in the off-season. The focus is on always trying to beat your best performances, no matter what.
What we did not say here, but is of equal importance, is, in this case, to NOT listen to your body! The mantra of listening to your body is wonderful and poetic but ignores one crucial point: your body does not want you to radically alter your body composition! Your body wants to stay exactly as it is!