IDPA believes in part that targets should remain at close yardage so all shooters will be able to hit them. This is to encourage new shooters and it works. The cowboy shooters have a similar philosophy. Assuming everyone can hit them, the stop watch does the rest.
I too shoot at a lot of long yardage targets and I enjoy it. But I also agree with IDPA's philosophy. There is room for both schools of thought. Like Leatham said, "...just because the COF is close or simple doesn't make it easy." The El Presidente is close and simple. Doing it in five seconds sure ain't easy.