Verzbicas Recovering After Bike Accident and Surgery

Future Olympian hopeful posted on Twitter that he is “grateful” and “lucky” to be alive after the crash.

Lukas Verzbicas is no stranger to overcoming obstacles.

His latest challenge will be to recover from surgery after a bicycle accident in the Colorado mountains to resume triathlon training.

Sparse details have been released by spokespeople for USA Triathlon, the team with which Verzbicas is quickly becoming an Olympic hopeful for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, other than an accident happened Tuesday, according to a Denver Post report.

The record-breaking distance runner and alum took to his Twitter account to update concerned fans.

July 31: “Just in case, I want everyone to know how grateful I am for every single one of you and all your support. Always remember to dream big!”

Aug. 2: “Thank you for everyone's thoughts and prayers surgery was successful”

Aug. 3: “All I can be is grateful to have this moment right now, not everyone is this lucky going down mountains. Survived, here for a reason...”

Verzbicas has been training in Colorado Springs, Colo. for future Olympic games for about six months.

In Nov. 2011, Verzbicas announced he would leave the University of Oregon to pursue his “.”

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