I have just started commuting to work which is great as it gives me much more time on the bike than it did before however I find my motivation to ride hard wanes and is highly variable. This is understandable as I am going from riding 40-80km every 1 to 2 weeks to 2x 20km per day. Also the rides are early in the morning after a broken sleep from 2 8 month old babies or after a days work. What frustrates me however is there are a number of conditions in which I instantly find motivation no mater the sleep deprivation or end of the day tiredness. these are A bike up a head particularly a DF road warrior so I can show the superiority of the V. Unfortunately this is short lived as I quickly catch up and see them disappear in my rear view. Any favorable condition that makes me go faster without effort on my part leads me to want to go faster and put more effort in ie. tail wind, long gradual decent with green lights all the way that enable me to pick up speed, bus to draft behind If I am running late because of baby I will often make it up on the road There are probably others So how can I simulate these mental conditions to motivate me to ride harder all the time. Obviously I cannot go all out all the time, and I am happy to have "rest / slower days" to recover or if it's a particularly bad baby night but I feel myself meandering along often on commute rides. Don't get me wrong any time on the bike is good (I am not training for any particular event or condition so I do not need specificity of training) but more effective training could be better.