Canmore Day #2

The Bike Ride

The goal of the day was to survive yet another Legacy Trail Bike ride. A little background, last year I convinced Steph to do this bike ride with me thinking it would be cool to do. For one I haven’t ridden a bicycle since I was a kid so I thought it would be moderately challenging. Last year it was challenging and this year was just tiring yet a little more fun. This is beginning to be the one time of year that I do ride a bike.

Now there is no set distance for the trail as people begin and end in different spots. Either way you either begin in Canmore (which we did) and end in Banff or vice versa and then do it all over again.

Our Stats
To Banff: 23.04 km
To Canmore: 24.02 km (I biked back to the rental place)
Total: 47.06 km

To Banff: 22.87 km
To Canmore: 23.08 km
Total: 45.95km

The beauty of going Canmore to Banff is that the journey home is mostly down hill and super quick. How long it takes depends on fitness level, experience with biking and if you like to stop and enjoy the scenery. Last year and this it took us around 3 hrs in total. I have no idea if this is good or bad but I am OK with it.

Once in Banff we walk around. So much to see and do like hiding from tourists 🙂 or Cave and Basin (which was this year), Banff Springs Hotel and Bow Falls (last year).

The Food

Now this was a bit of a challenge for me this year with my restrictions especially eating out. For breakfast I brought oatmeal with cinnamon, almonds, sugar and flax seeds, using the kettle in our room for hot water. We went to Rocky Mountain Bagel Co. for a coffee and a bagel for Steph. Now from my memory last year, it was pretty darn good.

Lunch time was a different ball game. We found a cute little place called Tooloulous which had a gluten free menu. Now my brain was tired from biking and walking and I messed up my order. I got most of it right, except the infamous sauce. Normally I would hold the sauce and didn’t even think to ask if it was dairy based. Now for certain it had good ole dairy in it because my stomach was pissed off at me. I was truly considered about ride back to Canmore however my stomach calmed down eventually.

By the time dinner rolled around we decided to walk (yes more exercise) to a fancier restaurant close by called CrazyWeed. We looked at the menu the night before and they had a dairy and gluten free plate. I took a risk and ordered without telling the server my restrictions because I forgot and was tired. It was well worth the risk, it was A-MAZ-ING! Cod, mussels and bunch of other amazing goodness.


After all of this we went back and chilled on the deck right in front of our door and stared at the beauty of the mountains.


The next day we went to Sage Bistro for breakfast and then headed back to Calgary so Steph could continue her journey home. Now at the time we would talk of another bike ride but maybe in a couple months we will think its a good idea again.

Please comment, ask questions or give feedback. I’d love to hear from you!

XO Nicole


And we’re normal…

Now I am trying not to get too excited…

I got my blood work results for my TSH and the thyroid antibody yesterday. I am happy to say I am finally normal, well, my blood work is normal.

I don’t want to be overly happy or point fingers at what may have caused it but I think its a combination. We increased my medication a little over 3 months ago and 3 months ago I changed my diet completely and begun working on treating candida overgrowth. Not sure which to give props too but in 3 more months we can possibly rule one out.

The last blood work I have record of was Jan 14 and most recent is Jun 11. My TSH has dropped 3.29 to be at the lower end of the range and my Antibody dropped 23.9 to be just above middle of the range. 🙂 🙂

Now the thing that makes me happiest, is my Doctor suggested decreasing my Synthroid to see how I will respond. So now I am the happy owner of one notch less of Synthroid going into my body.

Like I said I don’t want to get my hopes up and think it is the natural treatments but I am optimistic. I have an appointment with my Naturopath next week, so we shall what she thinks and see how the course of my treatment may change.

I have been under a lot of stress lately so this is some of the best news I have heard.

XO Nicole