I am a bigger person and yesterday I climbed a heinous hill. I think it may actually be a mountain but I'm not sure. Anyway, I then had to go down the hill. I was going 26mph with the brake levers cranked back almost all the way, and when I wanted to stop, it took a looong time. I had to stop a number of times to let the brakes cool off. I considered walking. It was really scary, because there is gravel and the road is really curvy. Usually I like (love) going downhill fast but this was too much. I tried braking-coasting-braking, but I couldn't keep myself at a safe speed that way.
What can I do to improve this situation?! Aside from losing weight, obviously?
I have a 2008 Jamis Aurora touring bike with "Tektro cantilevers." I got the bike a year and a half ago and maybe should get new brake pads(?).