When it all comes together, speed is the bonus.
Top form is a matter of timing to veteran skater Herman Vermeer, a zoologist in Lelystad. That moment when everything comes together and you glide over the ice. Herman was on form recently in Calgarty, where the 49-year-old became world champion among the masters. And set a new world record for the 3,000 metres in his category, at 4.07.35. Which is fast. In fact, he seems to get faster as he gets older. How come? 'I only started as a student. That way you go on enjoying it longer.'