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Garmin forerunner 305 heart rate monitor goes very high for 3-5 minutes early into almost every run, then levels out and seems very accurate for the remainder of the run

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In my experience this is usually caused by poor conductivity between the skin and the chest band. To solve it, just before a ride dampen your chest and the ribbed part of the band on either side of the centre transmitter. For me this is more of a problem on cool days when I don't sweat. I have no problems on warmer days.

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I found this on the internet......

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