So I am in Ks on vacation and had good plans to go for a ride today. Didn't set the alarm and woke up really late after an intense ride yesterday. So I had a choice - take away time from visiting my daughter or go ahead and ride as planned. My daughter won of course & I feel no guilt. If we really push it when we ride how many days a week do we really need to ride? IF my body slept this late maybe it was TIRED ? Read Integrate's post on overtraining. I bike for the shear fun of it with a by product of fitness & weight loss. Both are going along just fine with 3-4 days a week on the bike. Overtraining can also de-rail attempts to lose weight - it is not just about calorie burning. I will severely miss my ride today but I will enjoy the time I spend with my daughter which is why we drove 9 hrs to KS of all places and I have forever to ride. I will probably end up riding the stationary in the hotel exercise room when all the family stiff is over tonight - but not out of guilt - just because I like to get the legs moving. Or I can ride my bike around the parking lot. SO the question for this post - what drives you to ride??