It's been a crazy couple of days for Nick Kahanic.
Take Monday, for example.
By his count, the Falconer resident received 82 Facebook notifications, text messages from 26 different people and telephone calls from 14 more. Forty-eight hours removed from setting a world record in the open stone at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Celtic Festival in Amherst, Kahanic was still reaping the rewards for his efforts.
''Once (The Post-Journal) article started going up (on Facebook), my friends started posting like crazy,'' Kahanic said with a laugh. ''News travels pretty quick when that happens.''
Still, nothing could have prepared the 27-year-old for the communication he received at about 10 Monday morning.
Working in the Portville and Bolivar area- Kahanic is soda distribution engineer for Pepsi - his cell phone showed a Facebook message from former Olympian and Scottish Highland Games athlete Brian Oldfield, whose record Kahanic had eclipsed over the weekend.
''He introduced himself, as if I wouldn't know who he was,'' Kahanic said. ''He wrote, 'This is Brian Oldfield. You broke my record and I just wanted to say, first of all, congratulations.'
''I didn't know what to think. I was kind of in shock for a minute.''
Kahanic's connection with the now 68-year-old dates to when the former attended a camp Oldfield was conducting 11 years ago in Canton, Ohio. Then a sophomore at Falconer Central School, Kahanic wanted to improve his throws in the shot and the discus, and a couple days with Oldfield was just what the teenager needed.
Ultimately, Kahanic wound up as an all-state athlete for the Golden Falcons and, later, an NAIA All-American at Roberts Wesleyan College before he embarked on his latest athletic venture - the Highland Games - about six years ago.
''I thanked him for that and thanked him for getting hold of me,'' Kahanic said. ''I thought that was the end of it.''
But Oldfield, whose mark of 63 feet, 2 inches in the open stone (which weighs 16 pounds and is thrown like a shot put) stood for nearly 40 years until Kahanic eclipsed it with a heave of 63-3.75 last Saturday, ended the message by-play with this:
''I guess if someone was going to break my record at least he was using some of the stuff I taught him.''
Kahanic will be back in action on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m., when he attempts to defend his title at the Jamestown Regional Celtic Festival at Lakeside Park in Mayville.