Mud does that to you, it's the best mind clearer there is. The puritan pavement rides are good and mind numbing and all but end of the day, it's not unlike watching paint dry. I've knocked out a couple pure pavement loops in the last week and while they're great for caloric incineration and reaching a state of Ommmmm, I can hear my ride psyche begging for more variety in surface, route locale and elevation. Motorcycle scale bicycle dual sport is THE answer, at least for me.
PS, Strava is a tool in the same way money is a tool. It can consume you and take you down some dark pathways... just use it for what it is and decouple from the racer-boi misnomer it represents and keep it in the background simply as something useful
70km pre-work road loop this AM down to the big sh!tty and back. Slept in, was only the 36th carcass over the 520 bridge bike/ped lane this morning.