You may have heard this recent storyabout Triathlete Leah Shianne Prudhomme who was attacked by an otter, while on a training swim in Northern Minnesota. The theory is that Leah swam a little too close to this mother otter's pups and she (the otter) bit Leah 25 times in her zeal to protect her young.
A Minnesota swimmer had to get rabies shots after she was bitten 25 times by an otter while training for a triathlon in a lake near Duluth.
The Duluth News Tribune reports 33-year-old Leah Prudhomme had just finished swimming around an island and was heading back to shore when she felt fangs pierce her leg.
She struggled to get away as the mystery attacker bit her 25 times, leaving puncture wounds as deep as two inches on her legs, arms and back.
“It just kept coming after me,” Prudhomme told The Duluth News Tribune. “You never knew where it was going to bite next.”
Prudhomme told the paper she was shocked when the animal's head popped out the water and she realized she was being attacked by an otter.
“I couldn’t believe Duluth had an otter,” she said.
I had heard the story but hadn't paid much attention to it. But today, while I was researching a new company who provides virtual training systems, Leah's name popped up. Digging a little deeper, I realized that she's one of us 🙂
I found her Blog and she has an amazing life story; battling both cancer and Malaria, while being a mother to her two kids + competing as a professional cyclist and Ironman Triathlete.
I've reached out to her and with any luck I'll have her on the Podcast to tell her story.
John is a member on the AFS (Association of Fitness Studios) Advisory Council.
Holding certifications from; Schwinn, Heart Zones, Team ICG and Life Time Fitness, John's held regularly scheduled cycling classes between 1998 and 2015 when he moved to Florida.
When the weather permits, you'll find him riding and leading outdoor groups by himself or with his Tandem partner (wife) Amy.