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Happy Turkey Day!

By Marcus | In Athlete Profiles, Rest Day | on November 25, 2010

Ruth getting into the Thanksgiving spirit

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.”

dear ruth,
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. :)
love, melissa

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!!

Favorite memory:
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.


WOD 11/25/10

… 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!

10 Comments to "Happy Turkey Day!"

  • Ruth says:

    November 25, 2010 at 6:31 AM -

    Dear god, if anyone bet that I was gonna cry reading this, know that I was a goner two linea into Melissa’s post. As I write this comment from under the bus that Anna threw me under, I just have to thank you all for making our gym a family.

    The gym has been a dream of mine for some time but the family, the community is more than I could have asked for. You guys are my dream come true, my inspiration, and my check & balance! I remember just about every one of your first days in CrossFit and am such a proud mom when I see how much you’ve grown.

    I am thankful for each and every one of you (even Brian who will regret not fearing me and only adhered to the 5 ft rule because of my dirty hippie hair).

  • Gail says:

    November 25, 2010 at 6:48 AM -

    Happy Birthday Ruth. It has been a blessing getting to know you and the Crossfit experience. Thank you…. Have a wonderful birthday and a Happy Thanksgiving.

  • melissa says:

    November 25, 2010 at 8:30 AM -

    woo hoo!!! happy birthday, ruth! i hope your birthday / thanksgiving / weekend is the best you’ve ever had, because you totally deserve it. and, for god’s sake, eat some mashed potatoes or something! it’s a DUAL HOLIDAY and starch doesn’t count! :) xo

  • Nick says:

    November 25, 2010 at 9:48 AM -

    Although I am a Newbie at Intrepid, I can honestly say I felt like I have known all of you much longer than that. Ruth, you create one of the most welcoming environments. It’s true, you are like a Mom (and no, not because of your age): you hold together this ever growing family!

    Thanks for last few months and the many more to come. Happy Thanksgiving, happy birthday, and enjoy some R&R!

  • Scott says:

    November 25, 2010 at 12:44 PM -

    Happy Birthday Ruth! I hope you have a magical day and a great trip to Mammoth.

    It has all been said by my fellow Intrepids, but thank you for everything you do. You improve all of our lives in so many ways….health, fitness, self confidence, etc. The few hours a week you spend with each of us makes a positive impact on our lives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, today and for years to come. I am amazed by the time and effort that you put in to understanding health and fitness, creating the optimum programming for all of us, and nurturing the ideal environment for each of us to improve. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  • Michelle says:

    November 25, 2010 at 1:01 PM -

    Happy Birthday Ruth!! Thank you so much for everything you do! Your hard work and dedication make us all better athletes and better people. Even though I may whine sometimes when you tell me to go heavier on the weights, higher on the box jumps, or force me to do DUBS, I really do appreciate that you push me to improve daily. I am so happy that I finally joined the CFI Family!

  • Melina says:

    November 25, 2010 at 7:43 PM -

    Happy birthday Ruth! I am so happy I found CFI. The first time I walked in I was so intimidated but you quickly made me feel welcomed and at home. I really appreciate all you do and hope you have an awesome birthday!

  • Holley says:

    November 25, 2010 at 9:00 PM -

    Happy Birthday Ruth! While I haven’t been at Intrepid very long yet, I feel a part of the family you have created already. Joining Intrepid was the best thing I could have done after moving to California and I only wish I had done it sooner. As cheesy as that sounds, it’s true, you’ve attracted a great group of people and helped all of us grow. Congratulations on making your dream come true! I hope you had a great day on the mountain! We are all thankful for you!

  • avelyne says:

    November 25, 2010 at 10:06 PM -

    i guess i should start by saying Violet says *meow* she misses mom and pop and complains endlessly to mike.

    ruth you have been an inspiration to me since the days at so.bay. the way you would attack the WODs and made everything look so damn easy! i always looked at your times and weights on the board and i would think to myself, mother trucker that’s where i want to be someday.

    thank you for making Intrepid what it is today! it’s because of your loving spirit and positive attitude, not to mention the balls for taking the huge risk, that Intrepid is one big happy family! love you girl!

  • Matt says:

    November 26, 2010 at 12:15 PM -

    Happy Belated Birthday Ruth!! and Happy Thanksgiving to all! I did a 5-mile turkey trot yesterday in Golden Gate park and got 39 minutes. When I did it 2 years ago I got 41 minutes…. the improvement is due to the great staff and encouragement of CrossfitIntrepid!


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