Sometimes when you use a hobby for another purpose, like exercise or as a job, it can loose some of it's luster.
I have loved bicycles since I got my first Schwinn Predator as a child. It was just last year that I decided to really dive into it and use cycling for fitness and weight loss. Since then, I have acquired some very nice bikes, learned alot about maintenance. Not to mention the loss of 23 pounds and regaining a spring in my step.
The biggest problem I face now is that every time I bring a bike out, I feel like it has to be a long goal oriented ride in the zone that I can later brag to my wife about.
Well, yesterday I stayed in my plaid shorts and golf shirt, took out the 29er with platform pedals and gym shoes, cruised around the neighborhood and had an absolute blast! I hopped some curbs, I played on the stairs at the train station, I visited my LBS and hung out a while. I visited a friend's new Beagle pup.
I ended up riding about 6 miles, never going fast, never out of breathe, but had so much fun.
I think everyone should spend one day a week actually "playing" on their rig(s).