So ...what to do?
Back in the pool today with swim cap and tempo trainer to see if that might reveal anything.
5 x 200 working down from 1.24, 1.20, 1.16, 1.12, 1.10.
Started to feel a bit more flow.
Spent a bit of time exploring my right-sided breathing at 1.10. Getting better. I love the fact that denying oneself time means you don't have time to make some of the mistakes. Work to be done still. It's been a year so far and still much work to be done there.
Then some 50s (actually 66s).
1.08, 1.06, 1.04, 1.02, 1.0, .98, .96.
Comfortably held stroke count of 29SPL down to 0.98
Added a stroke at .96 and worked my way back. 1.0 then 1.04.
At 1.04 (which felt very fast on the way down) I felt like I had all the time in the world. Definitely with my small hands and small feet and inflexible ankles, my best operating area is defintiely at the higher end of my Green Zone. More flow, more speed and I am not working hard and overtaking people.
Those Tempo Trainers are invaluable tools.
I am a certified level 3.0 Total Immersion Swim Coach.