10 Quarantine Questions with Ellie Turner

August 18, 2021 by
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Fresh off her first CrossFit Games, Ellie Turner is currently under a mandatory two-week quarantine at a hotel in Australia. Citizens are required to stay in a hotel for a full two weeks upon re-entry, one of the contributing factors to why it cost her around $20,000 to compete at the CrossFit Games.

We caught up with Ellie Turner while she’s quarantined to ask a few questions.

MCU: How long have you been quarantined so far? And when are you able to return home?

ET: I am currently on day 9 of hotel quarantine in Sydney and am due to get released – yes released because it feels like a prison, on the 23rd. I am from South Australia, so I will fly back there but unfortunately the border between SA and NSW (which is where I am) is shut because of a COVID outbreak so I will have to do an additional 14 days in a hotel when I land in Adelaide.

MCU: Describe the experience overall?

ET: At the start it was nice to get some downtime and I was just grateful to be back in Australia after having my flights rescheduled numerous times. However, I then found out that I was going to have to quarantine again when returning to Adelaide and it was hard to remain positive and hopeful when I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. This time has definitely taught me how to sit and deal with uncomfortable emotions especially when you have absolutely no control over the situation.

MCU: What does a typical day look like?

ET: I wake up, plan my day and make lists, breakfast, stretch, workout, lunch, puzzles, read, meditate, watch TV in the arvo, dinner, shower, bed.

It may change slightly but I have tried to keep a bit of a routine so I don’t go too stir crazy.

MCU: What non-physical activities have you been up to?

ET: I have been doing lots of sudokus and word puzzles, otherwise I have been re-watching vampire diaries on Netflix. I have this irrational fear of watching new series so I tend to just watch ones I have already seen.

MCU: What is one thing you don’t have with you right now that you wish you did?

ET: My dog Nala! I can’t wait to see her as I have never been away from her for this long.

MCU: Are you able to leave your room at all and hang with other athletes as you choose?

Nope! We are only allowed to briefly open our door with a mask to collect our meals. You can be fined if you wander the halls or step out of your room. I usually like my own company but even I am missing human interaction.

MCU: What was the most recent movie you watched?

ET: She’s the man! I think I have seen it at least 5x.

MCU: What kind of food have you been able to eat?

ET: They send up 3 meals a day so I have been having those because it would be too expensive to order Uber eats for every single meal. But I was also lucky enough to have some goodies dropped off to me and I have also done an online woolies order so I have plenty of snacks if I don’t like one of the meals they send.

MCU: What workouts have you been doing?

ET: I have been taking it fairly easy and trying to be nice to myself especially throughout this whole process which has been pretty emotionally draining. I was fortunate enough that some very lovely people dropped me off a C2 bike, a pair of dumbbells and a KB. So I have been doing longer bike intervals and occasionally I’ll sprinkle some DB or KB movements in there or add in a bit of a bodybuilding/rehab session in.

This morning I just wanted an easy sweat without much thinking involved so I did:

20km bike erg

E2MOM: 3 clusters (squat clean thruster) @2x15kg DBs

MCU: What’s one unexpected positive outcome from being stuck in a hotel for the last several days?

ET: I have been able to get a lot of little jobs done that I would usually not have time for and I am also trying to start some good habits like meditating that I have tried to implement for ages but always find an excuse not to be able to do it. But I don’t have an excuse now, I have all the time in the world!

MCU: Who’s the first person you plan to see when you go home?

ET: Well seeing as I am going into another 14 days of quarantine, no one! but once I am done with that, I will hopefully see all my family and friends although after so long without talking to anyone I might have forgotten how to interact with people!


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