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Jimmy on the go: Morgan describes typical day

Pairs skater/Worlds 2016 staffer putting in long hours at rink, office
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Jimmy Morgan doesn't have a lot of free time these days, but his on-the-go lifestyle does have its perks -- like getting to clown around with U.S. pairs champions Tarah Kayne and Daniel O'Shea at media day for the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships. -Sarah S. Brannen

Jimmy Morgan is a Team USA senior pairs skater who lives and trains in Boston. He also works as the web and social media coordinator for Worlds 2016. He is keeping a season-long blog for icenetwork.

I get the questions all the time: How do you do it? Do you ever sleep? How many hours a day do you practice?

As I'm usually rushing off to do my next thing, I never get the chance to answer the question fully. My usual response is something like "Oh, I like to stay busy" or "I honestly enjoy what I'm doing, so it doesn't seem like work."

Truth is, it's a lot of work.

So now, I'm going to run down what a normal full day of training and work is like for me, and the thoughts I have while I go through my day. I'm not trying to #humblebrag or anything like that. This is simply an attempt at a long-winded answer to the question: "How do you do it, Jimmy?"

5:45 a.m.

Beep, beep, beep! "I really have to change that alarm sound. It's so annoying." This is about the time that I decide to snooze for another 10 minutes. I envy those people who can just wake up from one ring of the alarm. Yeah, yeah, I understand that it's better for you to wake up immediately. I'm thankful none of you see me this early.

6 a.m.

No! I slept through my alarm! OK, it's really time to get up now. Depending on whether I went shopping recently, this is either a great time of the day or the worst. Option 1: There is a breakfast waiting to be made in the kitchen: eggs, bacon or delicious cereal! Option 2: I have to scrounge for food, which means I end up eating something like oatmeal and brown sugar. Delicious and nutritious, yes, but not inspiring.

7 a.m.

Time to drive! The drive to the rink takes about 45 minutes. So, naturally, I leave about 40 minutes to get to the rink. Don't judge. Sometimes you just have to stop for coffee even when you know you're short on time. (Oh God, I'm now realizing my coach will probably read this.)

7:50 a.m.

OK, getting to the rink took a little longer than I thought.

8:15 a.m.

Time to skate! Finally. This is usually when I skate singles. It's a nice time to get reacquainted with the ice. Feel my edges, listen to music...you know, all those magical things skaters always talk about. I run through my jumps, steps and spins.

9 a.m.

It's workout time! I'm pretty good about getting at least eight hours of sleep every night, which means I'm usually full of energy by the time I get to the rink. Ordinarily, this would be a good thing, but my coaches and I found that my energy level is sometimes so high that I lose focus and make mistakes -- not the best in pairs. So, we decided that I should work out all my energy before I start training pairs.

10:15 a.m.

Wait, what? I have to train now? I feel like I just finished an entire day! No biggie. Now that I've already worked out, I'm relaxed, warmed up and ready to train.

12:30 p.m.

We're done. Wow, what a day. This is about the time I think to myself, "Wow, it's only Monday, and I'm in for another full week of this." I go to the locker room, untie my skates, dry them off and change into my work clothes, thus beginning my transformation into "professional Jimmy."

1:30 p.m.

Arrive at work, check email. Oh, 100 new emails...great! Time to tackle them. My emails usually consist of requests from my boss. These range from cool tidbits found on social media to any needed web updates or communication emails that have to be written -- all things I love to do. I'm truly grateful to have the opportunity to work on this stuff.

2 p.m.

My favorite time of the workday -- social media time! This is when I check all of our social media accounts. (Truthfully, I schedule this time because, otherwise, I'd be checking them all day. Sometimes I find myself doing that anyway, so I'm not sure how well this scheduling thing is working out.) We manage accounts for our club, learn-to-skate school, Worlds 2016 and Boston Common Frog Pond, so this can take a while. I set up any relevant posts and then go on to tackle web updates and email writing.

5 p.m.

Five o'clock has a way of sneaking up on you when you've been focusing. Our office has recently started playing music, which makes it go by even quicker. (I've been diggin' Sia's latest album.) It's time to put the finishing touches on any projects I've been working on.

5:30 p.m.

I'm usually scheduled to leave around this time, but as worlds approaches and more projects need to get done, 6:30 has been a popular time for me to leave the office. After a day of intense training followed by an extended period of sitting, my legs get super stiff and I have to jump around a little to get some blood flowing again. I love the work I'm doing -- I just don't like sitting still.

6:45 p.m.

Diet matters, people! A good diet is what gives me the energy I need to get through my day. But I also try to make it fun. I love to cook, but I hate recipes! I feel like I follow rules all day long, and the kitchen is one place where I can disregard the rules and just go crazy, with little consequence -- other than preparing a potentially disgusting dinner. Thankfully, that hasn't happened yet.

7:30 p.m.

Dinner's over, and I'm usually exhausted. The only problem is that I am a severe night owl. If I could still get eight hours, I would stay up until 2 a.m. every night. That's not an option, however, so I force myself to shower and chill out. I'll either watch a show on Netflix, play video games or bother my boyfriend, Jason, as he tries to work.

9 p.m.

I begrudgingly drag myself into bed. Like most people, I'm addicted to my phone. I'll check Twitter and Instagram, and try to get a new high-scoring word in Words with Friends. I'm usually asleep by 10 p.m. Another fun-filled day awaits.

It's busy and it's chaotic, but I wouldn't trade my double life for anything else in the world.