SOME say nothing worth having ever comes easy.
No one knows that better at the moment than Nutri-Grain Series ironman Kendrick Louis.
The 21-year-old from Sydney came to the tough decision in the past week to leave that city behind and compete for the Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club in the 2011-12 season, to pursue his dream of winning the series.
Louis, who has been training on the Sunshine Coast with elite coach Michael King since June, qualified for the upcoming ironman series by winning the trial at Noosa last month.
Despite the calling of his junior club at Collaroy, his girlfriend, family and job back in Sydney, Louis said his dedication to winning the series was the defining factor in the move.
"It was more of a decision based on how I wanted to do in the series," he said yesterday.
"If I wanted a decent go, I need to be doing the same stuff the blokes who are winning the series are doing.
"I have to go in full-time, have a good crack at it. No one goes in a race to come second.
"I'm going in to have fun and a good time, but at the end of the day I have a job to do, which is to do the best I can and hopefully be the winner."
During his early training days with King, Louis said the thought of staying on the Coast long term had never crossed his mind.
"I was just doing what I had to make the series," he said.
"After that I had a big, long think about it and thought if I wanted to have a decent go in the series, I should continue training here.
"I feel this is my year to have a go at it. I want to surprise a few people."
The Nutri-Grain Ironman Series will begin at Surfers Paradise on December 18, before concluding in February with rounds on consecutive weekends at Coolum and Noosa.
It will not be Louis's first time in the competition.
He made the field in the 2008-09 series but admitted he was not mentally prepared for it.
"It was just the novelty of making it. I never really expected to make it," he said.
"I wasn't ready. I was too young.
"This time around, I've got all this work behind me with Michael and I want to go into this series not to just compete, but to potentially win."
Earlier this year, Louis captained the Australian under-21s at the International Surf Rescue Challenge in New Zealand and won the NSW Open Inter-state Ironman Championship.
"I've grown as a person and become a lot stronger. I've probably taken it a whole lot more seriously," he said.
King said Louis put in a dominant performance at the Noosa trial, but had more to give.
"He's in a good place at the moment, but you can always improve no matter what league it is or what we're doing," he said.
"I know there's a bit left."