well if you haven't tried riding switch yet, that might be your next step. it'll take more than a few times to feel comfortable riding switch but you could try it out on a green run or sumthin.
That's a good idea.
I've mixed in brief switch riding during the course of a run but I'd like to work on that fancy little 180 spin people do to flip into switch smoother. You're right, it feels really weird and I usually chicken out and come back regular before I get very far.
The Olympia blue run at the far end of the trail map
looks interesting on paper. Have you ridden it before?