I had been riding a compact 50-34 with 11-32 and just didn't like the shift pattern, especially on rollers. Younger riders are very different: my son can ride anything using a 52-39 and 13-25, but I'm him 30 years later!
I'm now riding a 52-39-30 and 12-30. The 52 is fine for the flats and slight upturns. I can climb up to 8% or so in the 39t chainring and the 30-30 (1:1) gets me up about anything else. I can put on an 11-36 cassette in about 15 minutes if I were facing a ride that was criminally difficult.
What's not to like. Too bad that the market is moving away from triples. I had to order my triple from Europe since domestic availability of a BB30 triple seems nonexistent.