Originally Posted by REX8
Take a look at friction coefficient graphs for any brake pads, they have an ideal operating temperature, under or over which friction falls off.
The pad doesn't have to be "melting away so fast", it can just be operating out of its ideal friction range. Like yellows, their coefficient falls off soon after 1000 degrees, but will still last plenty long when run that hot.
So yes, quite certainly you can be above a pads ideal operating temp, but not so much that you're melting the the material off.
So if you took one of those pads, and continued to operate them above their temperature range, and just pushed the brake pedal harder, you don't think you'd end up destroying the pads? I suppose anything is possible, but in the real world, things generally get softer when they get hot, and soft things wear faster.