On telling her Olympic gold medallist partner Katherine Grainger, Watkins said: “She thinks I’m a bit nuts but we have that in common! Obviously there is huge motivation to defend the title – that’s the golden outcome for me.”
“Old worn out parents don’t write yourself off, let’s see what we can do,” she said. “Maybe I was a bit washed up and had it after two kids but for those mums that’s one of the reasons why I have done it.
“When you have a break, it’s usually a short break, I’ve had three years. I’ve got a huge, huge mountain to climb. If you have this option of doing the Olympics then it’s a pretty tough call to walk away from.”
“I’ve decided that I can’t stay away from this river too much longer, so I’m going to get back in a boat and have a crack at the Olympics,” the 32-year-old told Sportswomen.
Watkins, who won gold in the double sculls at London 2012, has been on the water since April but has just revealed her target of a place on Team GB for next year’s Games in Rio.