The Summer of Jeff

Astoria to the George Washington Bridge

Posted in running by Jeff on April 19, 2010

I’ve been running with a Garmin Forerunner 305 for the last several months, but I just discovered the Garmin Connect feature, which allows me to create cool maps like this that show where I ran.

This morning, I ran 22 miles, starting in Astoria, over the Triboro bridge to Randall’s Island, then into the city via the 102nd St. pedestrian bridge. I cut across Manhattan to Riverside Drive, then headed up Riverside to Washington Heights. Finding the access ramp to the pedestrian/bike path over the bridge was a challenge–some online sources say access is at 178th and Ft. Washington, but it is actually two blocks further west, at 178th and Cabrini, on the south side of 178th.

I zigzagged through Harlem to get back to the Triboro, then took the long route around Randall’s island to round the route up to an even 22 miles.

Click the link for the map.

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Tennis Rankings by Peak

Posted in tennis by Jeff on April 16, 2010

Here’s something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time.

There are a lot of players kicking around the top 100 these days who, at some point or other in their careers, were much, much better. Some are old and fading; others have struggled with injuries; others just got lucky for a stretch and couldn’t keep up their level of play.

In any event, I think “peak ranking” is worth looking at. I doubt it has any predictive value (at least on its own), but you might look at this list for a notion of how good a player could be on his best day. It’s also interesting to see the players who are at or near their career peak right now.

The table shows the current ATP top 100, sorted by peak ranking. In cases of ties, the player who achieved the ranking most recently is listed first. “Curr” is current ranking as of 4/12, “Peak” is the highest ranking the player has achieved, and “MostRecent” is the last date at which the player held that peak ranking. (Format is YYYYMMDD.) Enjoy!

Player                  Curr  Peak  MostRecent  
Roger Federer              1     1    20100412  
Rafael Nadal               3     1    20090622  
Andy Roddick               7     1    20040119  
Juan Carlos Ferrero       16     1    20031027  
Lleyton Hewitt            30     1    20030526  
Novak Djokovic             2     2    20100412  
Andy Murray                4     2    20090831  
Tommy Haas                21     2    20021007  
Nikolay Davydenko          6     3    20070611  
Ivan Ljubicic             14     3    20061016  
Juan Martin Del Potro      5     4    20100111  
David Ferrer              17     4    20080825  
James Blake               53     4    20070101  
Fernando Gonzalez         11     5    20070528  
Tommy Robredo             23     5    20070423  
Rainer Schuettler         91     5    20040510  
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga        10     6    20090112  
Gilles Simon              26     6    20090105  
Nicolas Lapentti          96     6    20000417  
Robin Soderling            8     7    20100322  
Fernando Verdasco         12     7    20090504  
Richard Gasquet           75     7    20080225  
Mikhail Youzhny           13     8    20080218  
Marcos Baghdatis          29     8    20060925  
Radek Stepanek            19     8    20060814  
Marin Cilic                9     9    20100412  
Gael Monfils              18     9    20090427  
Stanislas Wawrinka        20     9    20080929  
Tomas Berdych             15     9    20080414  
Nicolas Massu             88     9    20040913  
Arnaud Clement            78    10    20010409  
Nicolas Almagro           34    11    20080707  
Paul-Henri Mathieu        48    12    20080421  
Jarkko Nieminen           68    13    20060717  
Ivo Karlovic              28    14    20081006  
Juan Monaco               24    14    20080519  
Juan Ignacio Chela        52    15    20040809  
Mardy Fish                87    17    20040322  
Igor Andreev              50    18    20081110  
Xavier Malisse            81    19    20020826  
John Isner                22    20    20100308  
Feliciano Lopez           35    20    20050221  
Samuel Querrey            25    22    20100308  
Philipp Kohlschreiber     33    22    20091005  
Viktor Troicki            37    24    20090810  
Olivier Rochus            56    24    20060807  
Victor Hanescu            39    26    20090706  
Jurgen Melzer             27    26    20090615  
Andreas Seppi             46    27    20080707  
Potito Starace            62    27    20071015  
Thomaz Bellucci           31    28    20100208  
Albert Montanes           32    28    20100201  
Dudi Sela                 70    29    20090921  
Jeremy Chardy             43    31    20091109  
Andreas Beck              55    33    20091102  
Julien Benneteau          36    33    20091019  
Janko Tipsarevic          38    33    20080519  
Florian Mayer             45    33    20041004  
Michael Llodra            66    34    20080623  
Philipp Petzschner        49    35    20090921  
Florent Serra             67    36    20060626  
Karol Beck                80    36    20050829  
Marc Gicquel              74    37    20081006  
Benjamin Becker           40    38    20100118  
Ernests Gulbis            44    38    20080804  
Lukasz Kubot              41    41    20100412  
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez    42    41    20100322  
Horacio Zeballos          47    41    20091116  
Marcel Granollers         89    44    20090216  
Steve Darcis              97    44    20080512  
Pablo Cuevas              54    45    20091012  
Michael Zverev            92    45    20090803  
Evgueni Korolev           71    46    20100222  
Oscar Hernandez           83    48    20071008  
Eduardo Schwank           61    50    20090223  
Michael Berrer            51    51    20100412  
Marco Chiudinelli         59    52    20100222  
Fabio Fognini             57    54    20100322  
Sergey Stakhovsky         69    54    20091102  
Leonardo Mayer            63    54    20090914  
Simon Greul               58    55    20100322  
Daniel Kollerer           94    55    20091026  
Yen-Hsun Lu               99    55    20090413  
Andrei Goloubev           85    56    20090831  
Denis Istomin             82    57    20090727  
Alejandro Falla           60    60    20100412  
Lukas Lacko               65    60    20100308  
Michael Russell           73    60    20070813  
Stephane Robert           64    61    20100222  
Peter Luczak              76    64    20091012  
Alexander Dolgopolov      72    69    20100322  
Jan Hajek                 84    71    20061106  
Daniel Gimeno            100    72    20100104  
Thiemo de Bakker          77    73    20100308  
Rajeev Ram                93    78    20091116  
Ilia Marchenko            79    79    20100412  
Daniel Brands             86    86    20100412  
Santiago Giraldo          90    88    20100322  
Pere Riba                 95    95    20100412  
Blaz Kavcic               98    96    20100322

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