Good call, that. There's a reason all the strongest PL people, biggest athletes, and best fighters hang around each other....when you don't have anyone to push you you start getting lazy....even if you try not to.
As a related note I think it's very interesting to watch guy who really have no peers in certain circles and how they work to motivate themselves to stay on top. It's a bit more tricky when nobody can match you.
Also, related to your story, do you ever feel like you let people down when your life goes crazy and your training has to take a backseat? I mean your "maintenance" mode is just all you can handle? Because I hate that feeling, I feel like I should be at my best all the time and sometimes it just can't be done.