Thanks, Snuff! I appreciate the thoughtful reply.
A little more on where I'm coming from. Power meter is out, it costs more than my bike, and I have kids headed for college in a few short years. I have the Lance Armstrong Performance Program, and Heart Zones Cycling by Sally Edwards and Sally Reed. The second one, if you can take it and design a training plan from it, you are way smarter than I. The LA book kinda gets you there, but not really. Of course what I'm looking for is a coach in a bottle so to speak, but you wouldn't think it would be that hard for someone to author a book that says "Do This". I flipped thoroughly thru Friel's at the library, asking myself "Can I intelligently design a training program with this book", and couldn't see it happening with his much lauded tome, though I could be wrong. I've had enough conceptualizing and goddamn acronyms, and want applicable info. This sport is replete with charts that read graphs.
That's what I liked about Cantrell's approach, his "get your ass out on the bike" attitude.
What I'm wondering is if he's for real.