OK, so I gave it a test run yesterday and had fun with it. I wasn't sure I'd be able to change my length on each length (and 'couldn't' on some) but was surprised that in fact I could 'time' that extra stroke in! It wasn't perfect but now that I know better what my intentions will be I'll experiment further.
I didn't remember exactly what Suzanne's set was, but had the gist of it. Instead of continuing to up the SC on each successive 100 I tried to keep it the same on each repeat (ie 13-14-15-16) and see, by marking my times, if there would be any change.
After a set of 3x500 stroke play, here's how it played out.
#1- spl 13, 14, 15, 16 1:30
#2- spl 13, 14, 15, 15 1:29
#3- spl 13, 14, 14, 15 1:28
#4- spl 13, 14, 15, 15 1:27
#5- spl 13, 14, 15, 16 1:27
#6 spl 13, 14, 15, 16 1:26
I found it difficult to make 16 initially and although I put down 16spl it was more like 15.5. By repeat #6 I was better able to smoothly add the 16th stroke. Likewise, on a couple of other lengths I didn't quite make the gear change I wanted to. Although it produced a better time, the control is what I was after. On #5 I forced the 16 and the time remained the same, but when I successfully changed gears smoothly I was able to save an additional second, cool.
This was interesting so I continued. This time, after breathing bilaterally on those repeats, I would see what changes if any would occur if I breathed solely to one side. So on #7 I breathed only to the right and on #8 only to the left. Not quite sure I gained any big insight on this first go, but will have to see why there was a difference with more repeats this way(?)
#7- spl 13, 14, 15, 16 1:27
#8- spl 13, 14, 15, 16 1:26
Ok now I thought I'd reverse to process (what the heck) trying to begin with 16spl and end with 13spl. The first repeat was tricky and after the second felt that after perhaps several this way I'd be able to hone in on my gears in reverse as well, really cool! It was still difficult to begin at 16 and even finish at 13. I didn't allow myself to take an extra stroke on the third and fourth lengths of each repeat although I could quite easily have done so. I had to stretch out on #10, comfortably though, and glide just a tad to the wall.
#9- spl 16, 15, 14, 13 1:30
#10-spl 16, 15, 14, 13 1:27
Thanks for another good one guys.