TLDR I’m finding the low volume general build plan nearly impossible and I can’t understand why I’m struggling so much. Any advice?
The full story: I started back to structured training this summer after about a year off and completed low volume ssb 1 and 2 in what I would consider a relatively comfortable manner. No turning down the intensity or back pedals and feeling strong towards each ramp test. Over this time I saw a small bump in ftp after each plan of a few percent.
Moving on to general build low volume I immediately ran into problems. Vo2 max intervals were a huge struggle and I was frequently having to back pedal and turn things down as much as 10 percent just to complete the intervals. 4 weeks in I saw my ftp fall after the ramp test to less than it was at the start of ssb lv2 and I’m still struggling at vo2 max intervals but also at threshold intervals that I was nailing during ssb. My legs just light up and give in before my aerobic system is anywhere near its limit. Anyone got any suggestions where I should look to try and fix this and get back on track? I’m almost tempted to go back and repeat base for a psychological reset more than anything!