* Newest tactic... completely effortless swimming. Trying to do a stroke so mellow that it has no impact on my breathing. So that I can just focus on the body motion of it all. Just started this tonight so not sure if it will help. It is certainly a worthwhile drill for technique more generally.
From far away, this
seems to be the right hook! Be keen and aware, where and when the tension starts to creep into your body, and if possible, find out, what happened just before...
Don't forget the joy of your swim-journey!