Yes, it’s Thanksgiving so let me begin by wishing all of you a happy turkey day with your family, friends or wherever the day may find you. Now that that is out of the way, it is also the birthday of our very own Sgt. Dirty Hippie herself — Ruth! Rather than try to rephrase my birthday post for her from last year (side note: how exactly does it ALWAYS fall on my day to post, by the way??), I decided to open things up to all of you. Here we go…
a love note for ruth on her birthday:
“even after all this time,
the Sun never says to the Earth,
‘you owe me.’
look what happens with a love like that,
it lights up the whole sky.”
because of you, i’m not scared to try new things anymore. i’m not worried that i’m going to look dumb if i don’t get something right on my first try. i’m not disappointed when someone crosses the finish line before me. this is not just true in the crossfit box, either; your constant, selfless encouragement and its effects on my physical changes has changed things for me mentally, as well. my self-confidence has grown ten-fold when approaching anything new, and it’s mainly because your coaching reminds me in every aspect of my life that i don’t have to be perfect to be better, which is a lesson i’ve been trying to learn for years. thank you for your kindness, your confidence in me, and, most of all, your friendship. happy birthday, sweet potato.
i think she looks like Disney’s Pocahontas so her Halloween costume was very fitting.
i’m always impressed how she bends over backwards for the gym and our community.
she is fun, caring, strong and I want to be like her when i grow up.
i remember going to al and michelle’s going away party at her house and we had a good conversation about me joining her gym. she wasnt pushy, but eager for me to be apart of Intrepid. she’s caring and wants to make us all better and that’s why i’m so happy i joined Intrepid.
I only wish i would have gone in sooner and got to experience some of the park WODs.
i remember when we were still at Sobay and jake would come in late, and it was because he was galavanting at the park with them, it just shows how awesome and contagious her spirit is to be around.
it’s been so awesome to see the gym’s evolution. I feel honored and proud to be a part of ruth’s gym!!!
talk with you soon!!
When Ruth downed that beer at the opening!
In the time that we’ve known Ruth, there is a very striking thing that we’ve come to know about her – she makes those around her better. She does this mostly by example. Ruth makes those close to her better athletes, better coaches, better friends, better people. In the past year, we’ve seen her do this time and time again with every new face that has traveled through CrossFit Intrepid’s doors. We foresee great things for her in the future and we can’t think of anyone who deserves it more. Thanks for your inspiration and friendship. Have the happiest of birthdays!
-the Viquez family
Mama Ruth, Happy Birthday! I want for you this day, and each day forward the love, beauty & belief in yourself – you have so generously given me.
I want this garden for you. To be an evergiving harvest of your dreams coming true breathing and alive within the deepest desires of your heart. Then, it’s your birthday today, and every day. Enjoy My Friend….Peace, Love & Blessings. Tamme.
dear Ruth… thanks for whoppin my ass into shape. nuff said. hahah just kidding! but i really want to thank you for always being so encouraging and never letting me quit! I don’t think i could have survived this long without you!!! I wish you a VERY happy birthday love ya!!
Ive had the pleasure of working out with Ruth for almost 2 years now starting back at Crossfit South Bay in Lawndale. She was always a little quiet but destroyed the workouts so for some reason I was always a little afraid of her, especially knowing she was a cop. I mean I generally gave her the 5 foot radius almost thinking that if I got too close she would flip me like in those karate movies or read my mind with her Cop 6thsense that I just ran a stop sign and issue me a ticket or something. Fast forward to the first time I stepped in Crossfit Intrepid for the first time. By this time my fear of Ruth subsided a bit due to the fact that she was now a trainer and HAD to be nice to me…. (Marcus take notes). CFI was still in its infancy and the box didn’t posses a fraction of the equipment it does today. In fact if I remember right there was a few boxes to jump on, some med balls, kettle bells, and one rack. I’ll never forget Ruth and Seans face when Anna and I walked in. It looked like “holy sh*t” how are we going to work this?, and immediately apologized for the lack of equipment. It didn’t matter, I knew Ruth was going build a world class gym in time and that I was lucky enough to join on the ground floor. Over the past year Ive grown to know Ruth more and really appreciate her passion for the gym and love for its members. There is no doubt our gym Mom is the greatest. Thank you for everything Ruth, I (we) owe you a lot. I hope you have an amazing birthday… and FYI im not afraid of you anymore.
As much as I wanted this post to be more of a roast, there are very few awkwardly funny stories I can tell about Ruth. There was that one time she tried to hang with the booze hounds on NYE and quickly stopped after one shot and an incredibly red face (however not before an excellent Karaoke performance I wish I had gotten on tape). My real memories all revolve on how much she commits herself to our individual successes, regardless of how much we personally invest in them. For example about a year and a half ago I was introduced to the muscle up. I basically stared at everybody else trying to do it and briefly hung onto the rings pretending like I was trying too. Even though she wasn’t my trainer or even on duty at the time, Ruth came over and showed me exactly how I should go about it. She would not leave until I got some sort of progression down. Back to the roast…one time “mom” yelled at me. I was innocently talking a little bit of trash about the workout (which I thought was a private conversation) and all of the sudden I get a four page email explaining I should leave my attitude at home. I felt like Nalu for a week, sitting behind the gate begging for her forgiveness. And then there is the irony behind the fact that Ruth and Sean spent their first date chowing down on deep dish pizza at BJ’s, but I digress.
… who are we kidding? Brian will allegedly be playing grab-ass with his male family members in-between downing plenty of B and JD, but most of you will likely not exercise much more than your masseter. Enjoy the weekend and see you all Monday!