I completely agree with the approach. I don't have much experience in cycling training plans, but for running it's basically the same. All training plans could be decoded as combination of long runs/tempo/vo2max/strides. I think many pre-canned plans are adding too much unnecessary complexity. May be it's required in order to charge for them :) Or may be some people find just having 4-5 types of workouts too boring.
Glad you like the tables :) It's great to hear feedback. I actually made this post because of feedback I was getting about an old version of this I'd done elsewhere so it's always great to hear from folks.
Regarding the illusion of sophistication that complexity gives so people can charge for it, etc. yeah I agree wholeheartedly but people have to put their kids thru college somehow I guess.
Also regarding boring yep absolutely. This is one of my favorite video segments on this very subject of the problem of simple/boring and people haha!