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Athlete Profile: Kevin R & Trainer Profile: Ruth

By avelyne | In Athlete Profiles, Rest Day | on November 25, 2012

We have a TWO part post today folks!  First up, we have a sweet and loving post from Sam Rathburn for her dear hubby, Kevin.  Followed by a “sweet and loving” roast for our dear “Mom”, Ruth.

Kevin R. has been at CrossFit for almost a year now. Last November we had just moved to LA and Kevin really wanted to start working out again. He started looking into CrossFit. I figured out which CrossFit he had liked best and I signed us up for the free class on his birthday. Happy Birthday Honey- We are working out today!!

Kevin loved it and began his CrossFit membership in January. It was so great to see him excited about CrossFit and hearing about the WODs even though I had no idea what he was talking about. In the summer, Kevin finally convinced me that I should do CrossFit too. I am so glad he did because I really enjoy it and I love that it is something we can do together.  Now when he tells me about a WOD or what he did at the gym I know what he is talking about because I did it too!

Here are 10 things you may or may not know about Kevin in honor of the 10 years I have known him:

  • Kevin and I met when we were Juniors in High School (see picture above).
  • He is always there to help anybody and everybody whenever he can.
  • He did a juice fast last August for 60 days and lost 60 pounds!
  • He has a screw in his foot from when he broke it in college at a track and field meet.
  • He is very competitive (just ask Jon).
  • In the CFI games, scaled division he placed 3rd!
  • Double Unders have nothing on him, and he could probably do them in his sleep.
  • He likes guns and to go target shooting.
  • He looks tough but has the biggest heart of anyone I have ever known.
  • He is going to be the best Dad (We are expecting in June!)…yep- I just spilled the beans!

I don’t think there is anything he can’t do…he is just amazing!  Happy Birthday! I love you!



In honor of Ruth’s birthday, here are a few fun facts collected from her Intrepid Fam that you may or may not know about her.

  • Ruth is really a Trojan fan, otherwise she’d be driving a blue truck.
  • It’s probably easier to make her cry than Cade.
  • We have all seen pictures of Ruth’s knee cap, as in the bone.
  • Prior to CrossFit, Ruth was amongst LA’s finest in blue working Vice as well as their Training Unit.
  • Ruth is a Twinkie.
  • Despite her Asian heritage, Ruth is terrible at math.
  • She qualified for Nationals in Olympic Weight Lifting in 2011.
  • Ruth not-so-secretly wants us all to join the babies club.
  • Ruth overhead squats more than Sean.
  • Ruth is an avid rock climber.
  • She competed against Kris Clever in the 2009 SoCal CrossFit Regionals.  She even scoped out (read: stalked) her competition.
  • Ruth can be likened to a large jungle cat.
  • Ruth loves all of her children equally, except Xuan, he’s her favorite.
  • Ruth typically has no idea where Sean takes her for her birthday trips unless she snoops around laptops that were left open.
  • She posted Facebook pictures of her engagement ring prior to announcing it, figuring nobody would notice.
  • Ruth likes to play bad cop, but she really feels bad when she scolds you.
  • Ruth has Intrepid tattooed on her lower back.
  • Any time somebody gets a PR, Ruth feels the need to text about it.
  • Cade is a lucky kid, Ruth is a great Mom (trust us, we know).
  • Ruth still owes us all shooting lessons.  She was considered a Distinguished Expert Shooter in her former profession.
  • Sean was first attracted to Ruth’s glutes (yay squats).
  • Ruth loves surfing but is terrified of the water.
  • Ruth trained the martial art Kenpo for many years and made it to brown belt.
  • Ruth used to ride a Triumph motorcycle. Although she sold it, she still has the matching leather jacket that went with the bike.
  • Ruth is OCD about dirty dishes.
  • Ruth programs all CrossFit Intrepid workouts.
  • Ruth only cuts her hair once a year.
  • Ruth loves La Croix sparkling water but is notorious for leaving half drank cans all over the gym.
  • Ruth is quickly becoming a baby wearing expert.
  • You know Ruth had a difficult workout when she’s on the floor and her shoes are off. You know it was really hard when her socks come off too.
  • Ruth loves to travel and has visited locations on 4 continents.
  • Ruth is an avid snowboarder. Her favorite place she’s snowboarded so far was A-Basin in Colorado.
  • Ruth has a weakness for tiramisu from Buca DiBeppo.
  • Even when you think Ruth can’t hear you, she really can.
  • Even when you think Ruth can’t see you, she really can.
  • Ruth was once a ‘dirty hippie’.
  • Ruth believes in the Zombie Apocalypse and already has a tactical plan put together.
  • Ruth is probably crying as she’s reading this list.

Happy Birthday Ruth!  It is through your sacrifice, dedication, and courage that Intrepid exists.  Your coaching comes second to none and we have all become better athletes because of you!  It’s evident every time one of us visits another gym or when we compete and receive compliments on our great form.  No matter how big or small, whether it is as a coach, a friend, a mentor, or Mom, you are a part of our lives and we thank you for giving us a “home”.  Love you!

REST DAY 11.25.2012




22 Comments to "Athlete Profile: Kevin R & Trainer Profile: Ruth"

  • AJ says:

    November 25, 2012 at 6:13 AM -

    Happy Birthday Kevin and congrats to you and Sam on your news.

    Also, happy birthday to Ruth, hope you have the most wonderful day, and I sincerely apologize in advance for defeating you in FF and ending your 7 game win streak on your bday. :)

  • Pablo says:

    November 25, 2012 at 7:01 AM -

    Happy Birthday Kevin! And welcome (soon) to the Proud Papa club. Sleep now while you can (If you value sleeping more than 3 hours in a row)

    And Ruth, Happy Birthday, too! Hope you are enjoying your Bday trip. Did you know where you were going or did Sean happen to leave his computer on and you “guessed”? I agree with Avelyne — you have bionic ears! Thanks for being such a great coach and teacher.

  • Tom R says:

    November 25, 2012 at 8:31 AM -

    Kevin R and Ruth,

    Happy Birthday to both of you. Enjoy your day….

  • Ning says:

    November 25, 2012 at 8:52 AM -

    Happy birthday Kevin!! Congratulations to you two!!

    Happy birthday Ruth!! Love the picture of Cade in dress shirt! He’s ready for a day at the office!!

  • Laura says:

    November 25, 2012 at 8:53 AM -

    Happy Birthday Kevin and Congratulations to you and Sam on the exciting baby news!

    Happy birthday Ruth! Hope you’re having a wonderful birthday! This is your first one with Cade so I know it’s a special one :).

    1. Ruth says:

      November 25, 2012 at 9:23 AM -

      Happy birthday Kevin R and congrats to you both! So exciting!

      Thanks to the fam bam for such a sweet post and some [mostly truthful] factoids about me! I WILL find out who wrote the jungle cat one however and make him/her pay for it. Sean, let’s hope it wasn’t you!

      Thank you all for making it possible for us to live our dream and for making every day so meaningful for us. Without you guys we wouldn’t be able to spend so much quality time together as a family and watch Cade grow up every day.

      And hopefully one day I will get my prebaby body back so I can show off that Intrepid tramp stamp I didn’t know I had!!

  • Holley says:

    November 25, 2012 at 9:43 AM -

    Happy Birthday Kevin! Congrats to you both, such exciting news! :)

    Happy Birthday Ruth! I hope you guys are having a great trip! Thanks for the years of great coaching, making me a better athlete and trainer.

  • Mike K says:

    November 25, 2012 at 10:29 AM -

    Happy Birthday Kevin and congrats to you both!!

    Happy Birthday Ruth! Hope you had your fill of bbq in Austin.

  • Randy says:

    November 25, 2012 at 11:58 AM -

    Happy Birthday Kevin, and congrats to you both on the soon to arrive addition.

    Happy birthday Ruth, now it makes sense how you able to pretend not to watch when you really are and my push up depth gets called out from way in the back of the room, it that law enforcement and mommy training. Have a wonderful birthday today and don’t feel bad if you cheat a little on the diet. The whole 30 will be here soon.

  • Cristina says:

    November 25, 2012 at 3:40 PM -

    Happy birthday Kevin and Ruth!!

    Ruth you’re an amazing coach and an awesome person. I’m so glad I joined intrepid and met everyone there. You’re inspirational and make me feel like I can always give more. Thank you so much for everything and have a great birthday, you deserve it. Oh and I love the Twinkie comment haha.

    1. Marcus says:

      November 25, 2012 at 4:40 PM -

      Happy birthday Kevin and Ruth!

      I’m still laughing at “jungle cat” :)

      1. Ruth says:

        November 25, 2012 at 6:05 PM -

        It was you, Marcus, wasn’t it?! 😛

  • Datenite says:

    November 25, 2012 at 8:01 PM -

    Happy birthday Kevin & Jungle Cat, I mean Ruth! I love it! I have trouble calling another person mom, so Jungle Cat really fits the bill. 60 day juice fast and 60 lbs — incredible! I will transfer my once upon a time nickname “juice boy” to you. I hope you all had an awesome day.

  • Kevin R says:

    November 25, 2012 at 8:53 PM -

    Happy Birthday Ruth!

    Thanks for all of the bday wishes everyone.

  • Nathania says:

    November 26, 2012 at 12:35 AM -

    Happy birthday Ruth!!!! Thanks for being the coolest trainer and being so patience while making sure we get it right no matter what! Enjoy your day!

  • Tina says:

    November 26, 2012 at 6:04 AM -

    Happy Birthday Kevin and Ruth!

    Ruth I am never pissing you off you ARE a bad ass!!
    I hope you had a wonderful time in Texas!

  • Xuan says:

    November 26, 2012 at 7:29 AM -

    Happy Birthday Kevin and “Mom”!

    Love that I got a shout out on the list! I always knew I was the favorite :) Ha…who am I kidding we all know that Avelyne is Mom’s favorite.

  • tami says:

    November 26, 2012 at 7:35 AM -

    Happy birthday Kevin and Ruth. Great posts.

  • Jason says:

    November 26, 2012 at 7:54 AM -

    Happy B Day Kevin R and Ruth!

    Hope you both have a great birthday. @Ruth – 10 additional little know facts….
    10. Ruth doesn’t read books. She stares them down until she gets the information she wants.
    9. Ruth does not sleep. She waits.
    8. Ruth invented Kentucky Fried Chicken’s famous secret recipe, with eleven herbs and spices. But nobody ever mentions the twelfth ingredient: Fear.
    7. Ruth can watch an episode of 60 minutes in 22 seconds.
    6. Ruth can hold her breathe for nine years.
    5. Ruth once bench-pressed the entire state of Ohio, and all of its residents.
    4. If paper beats rock, rock beats scissors, and scissors beats paper, what beats all 3 at the same time? Answer: Ruth.
    3. Ruth does not use spell check. If she happens to misspell a word, Oxford will simply change the actual spelling of it.
    2. Ruth once got a perfect score on her SAT’s, simply by writing Ruth for every answer.
    1. Ruth does know what Willis is talking about!

  • Jake says:

    November 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM -

    @ Jason- great 10 facts!

    1. Ruth says:

      November 26, 2012 at 1:31 PM -

      Hilarious Jason!! And, all true.

  • Michael H says:

    November 26, 2012 at 2:13 PM -

    Happy Birthday Kevin and Congrats!

    Happy Birthday Ruth! You are awesome! Thanks for everything you do

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