I've stumbled across consistent riding nirvana.
I ride every Monday at 5pm, rain or shine year round, same location. Originally this was to carve out consistent scheduled time away from family duties to do rehab for a broken knee. Now everyone has gotten used to that time slot being blacked out and it's just a given, no need for the previous ride negotiating. It's MTB Monday.
Been over 2 years now and it's turned into a group ride. (Unfortunately of mostly hammerheads. I think a couple weeks ago we had the entire podium out from the weekend's road race). Sometimes this is my only ride of the week, but the real benefit is that it's a focal point that keeps me stretching all week in preparation and even eating better. I've dropped weight, my list of debilitating injuries has been become manageable, and it's just easier to cope when happiness is on your schedule.