In a quiet neighborhood on the leafy streets of south Charlotte where he and his wife Chandra have lived for nearly eight years, Jimmie Johnson begins most days at 6a.m. with standing overhead presses, pull-ups and frontal raises with 80-pound dumbbells as he trains for an Olympic-length triathlon in December.
Evie (or ”Evester” as Johnson has nicknamed 2-year-old daughter Genevieve) is the first to greet her father’s entry to the kitchen after a workout. He often makes breakfast sandwiches and coffee with the strains of alternative rock — Arcade Fire and Mumford & Sons are among the favorites — in the background. It’s one of a few traditions in the house; another involves Johnson sitting on his porch to sign autographs for the neighborhood for a few hours on each Halloween